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Occupational Therapy for the Elderly

Occupational Therapy for the Elderly

Introduction

What is occupational therapy and how can it help your elderly loved one? Are you caring for an elderly relative who has health problems? Therapy and rehabilitation may be very helpful. That is because they will improve their quality of life. No one wants to live with chronic pain if it can be eased or removed. However, not everyone knows what an Occupational Therapist can do to help.

At Gold Age Australia, we have in-house therapists. They work to assist our residents in many different ways. The benefits include improving function, lifestyle and safety. Furthermore, these things can help your family and family members who are primary caregivers.

Improving elderly function through therapy

Improving elderly function through therapy means restoring them to live a relatively normal life. This might follow a car accident, an operation, a stroke or health problems due to ageing. The goal is to achieve the best possible outcome. Furthermore, it should help them lead a fulfilled, satisfied life. That may involve cognitive, physical, mental and emotional therapies.

The Practical Solutions

The practical solutions begin with the implementation of a plan. Of course, each plan must be individually tailored. This will be designed to address the person’s problems. It will include purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes. These will be put into practice to promote health and prevent injury or disability. Furthermore they will develop, improve, sustain or restore the highest possible level of independence.

The Australian Occupational Therapy Model

This is defined as: The ability to perceive, desire, recall, plan and carry out roles, routines, tasks and sub-tasks.  Furthermore, the purposes are self-maintenance, rest and productivity. Additionally, this is in response to demands of the internal and/or external environment.

Occupational Therapists are trained in a variety of skills. Such as hospital discharge planning for instance. Additionally, they can perform home, attendant care and cognitive assessments. Also, they can assist with medical, legal and future care cost assessments. They can also assist with developing and implementing rehabilitation plans. These are particularly helpful to people who have sustained traumatic injuries.

Additionally some therapists are trained in mental health impairments. The role of an occupational therapist can be very far-reaching. Furthermore, this enables them to work with a wide range of clients. Also, they can help people manage the simple day-to-day tasks that occupy their time.

Major benefits of occupational therapy for the elderly

The major benefits of occupational therapy are assisting people achieve the highest possible level of independence. Ranging from injury recovery and trauma to impairments that have impacted their ability to complete daily activities. Including safety, function and quality-of-life. Furthermore, therapy such as brain exercises, increasing activity tolerance, pain and stress management can make a huge difference to a person’s enjoyment of their life. The occupational therapist works together with the client. They set goals and work towards accomplishing the activities which are most important to them.

In conclusion

We hope the above information will prove interesting and helpful to you, dear reader. Remember to send us your feedback. We love to hear from you, and it helps us knowing your needs and your interests. Many of you have liked us on Facebook. Thank you for your faithfulness; we appreciate it greatly. Furthermore, we are always available to you should you need help. Don’t hesitate to phone anytime. So until next time, from all of us here at Camberwell Gardens, Cheerio.

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This blog is intended to provide helpful advice. Please speak with your family GP for personalised information or, for specialist advice & support in Melbourne Australia, contact GOLD AGE AUSTRALIA on enquiries@goldage.com.au / 1800 GOLDAGE (1800 465 324) / Overseas Callers call +61 (03) 9836 9507

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