If you’re scratching your head about “What is Occupational Therapy For?” you’re not alone.
We’ve often mentioned that if we called ourselves “functional therapists” we may have saved a lot of scratching, but perhaps not.
You see once you get your head around “Occupation” +”Therapy” it starts to make sense. In this article we describe what OT is for and how it may help you.
According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT),
“Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.”
In short, an OT wants to obliterate any barriers that may prevent you living your life the way you want. We’re committed to maximizing your strengths, treating and rehabilitating your weaknesses so that you can be more independent and live life on your terms.
Occupational Therapy Australia states that the people who practice occupational therapy (OT) are recognised as;
” a degree-based health profession, regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Occupational therapists use a whole person perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and wellbeing through participation in the occupations of life.
We’ve established that OTs focus on promoting functional independence, health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in the everyday occupations of life.
An assessment is the starting point of the therapy process and it will investigate your ability to perform these activities include tasks such as
Occupational therapists play a key role in enabling people experiencing disability to identify and implement methods that support their ability to perform in life tasks which are important to them.
No doubt this has been a key service role for OTs within the NDIS.
The treatment may cover working with a person directly, their care team or family, prescribing therapy activities, assistive equipment, task or environment changes.
From children to teenagers and adults to the elderly, an OT works with people at any stage of life.
At Occupational Therapy Brisbane we offer services and programs to adults living with a neurological condition. This is covered in specific detail at the following linked pages
Sadly, we see more often than not, people waiting too long before getting an OT assessment.
Whether we’re asked to consider their home situation to prevent a fall, or a person is living with moderate stage Parkinson’s disease or dementia symptoms, sadly it’s after a fall or when a person’s symptoms are too “much” that we’re commonly called.
Whatever your situation we encourage you to get in touch soon rather than later.
Early and responsive clinical treatments can help a person live with greater quality of life – that’s our goal and why we recommended early referral.
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