Mesa post-acute care patients may be able to benefit from occupational therapy when facing physical, cognitive, developmental or emotional challenges or setbacks. Here are just some of the situations in which occupational therapy can be extremely beneficial.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Patients recovering from a traumatic brain injury, caused by a serious motor vehicle accident or other major impact, can benefit from occupational therapy. An occupational therapist can help patients regain critical skills for maintaining an independent lifestyle and returning home. Goals in these cases depend on the severity of the injury and its effects on the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Common goals for patients who have suffered a traumatic brain injury would be to regain mobility, to feed and dress oneself, and to bathe and use the bathroom with limited assistance.
A stroke can cause paralysis on one side of the body as well as have lasting or even permanent effects on cognition, speech, memory, vision, balance and muscular health. Daily occupations or activities can be very challenging after experiencing a stroke. The occupational therapist’s role following a stroke is to assist the patient in regaining functional ability—both physical and mental—in order to maintain the highest possible quality of life after recovery.
Occupational therapy can be beneficial for patients suffering from dozens of chronic diseases including degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. For these patients, occupational therapists can help them live their lives to the fullest despite chronic pain, mental barriers, and limitations by promoting and building their skills and abilities in performing daily occupations.
Occupational therapy is indicated in hundreds of other unique situations involving short- or long-term limitations or disabilities. To learn more about how occupational therapy may be beneficial for you, visit us at Santé, your Mesa post-acute care provider. We would be honored to help you get back to health.