If you find yourself struggling to complete everyday tasks, you may benefit from occupational therapy. While many people think that OT services are limited to your vocation, this therapeutic approach covers much more. An “occupation” is anything that occupies your time – like participating in your favorite hobbies, keeping up with the grandkids, and maintaining your household.
Enablr Therapy’s occupational therapy offerings are ideal for those with injuries, illnesses, or conditions that have limited their ability to function. Our occupational therapists help clients of all ages to get back to the everyday activities that bring life meaning.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a process that empowers those with injuries, illnesses, chronic pain, or disabilities to take care of themselves and participate in meaningful activities. Therapists in this field work with clients to accomplish a variety of goals, including:
- Eating without assistance
- Bathing and dressing
- Cleaning one’s house
- Doing office work or schoolwork
- Enjoying leisure activities
- Getting involved in the community
- Engaging in any activities that make one’s life better
At Enablr Therapy, we offer a unique approach that emphasizes community involvement. Occupations aren’t limited to your home; they are also affected by the contexts in which you live. Because our sessions take place within the home or workplace, our occupational therapists are able to provide unique, hands-on services that encourage clients to resume participation in their neighborhoods, church congregations, and hobbyist groups.
Importantly, occupational therapists may also introduce clients to assistive devices, such as utensils and cookware, adaptive dressing and bathing aids, and home safety equipment like grab bars. They then provide one-on-one training so that each client understands how to safely use their new tools on a daily basis. While not all clients require these aids, those who do greatly benefit from professional instruction.
Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy
At Enablr Therapy, we also offer on-demand physical therapy services. While there is some overlap between these two offerings, they are significantly different in their focus.
Physical therapy trains clients to gain strength and balance, decrease pain, and improve range of motion. The overall goal of PT is to move better – to get from Point A to Point B.
Occupational therapy, on the other hand, is an approach focused on building one’s independence in daily life. An occupational therapist considers all of the physical, mental, social, cognitive, and sensory factors in one’s life to help a client perform their best in day-to-day activities. In short, occupational therapy is all about what you do after you’ve reached Point B.
The difference between PT and OT can be clearly illustrated with the example of a client recovering from a stroke. The physical therapist helps the client to practice standing, walking, and climbing the stairs. The occupational therapist focuses on the everyday activities that come next: dressing, bathing, cooking, participating in hobbies, engaging with the community, and possibly returning to work. At Enablr Therapy, our physical therapists and occupational therapists work closely to ensure that each client has the best chance of success.
Occupational Therapy Online and In-Person
Enablr Therapy offers flexible treatment options catered to your schedule. Our service allows you to browse a list of providers and choose the one that most closely aligns with your needs. Additionally, we offer both online and in-person OT appointments. Online sessions take place over a HIPAA-compliant telehealth service. If you’d prefer an in-person experience, our therapists are also happy to travel to your home or office.
Frequently Asked Questions
You don’t need a specific diagnosis to benefit from occupational therapy. Often, many of the challenges that come with aging inspire our clients to seek treatment. There are countless people concerned about their loved ones aging in place without needing to enroll in senior living centers.
In other cases, certain conditions limit mobility and independence.
We treat those dealing with:
- Stroke recovery
- Poor balance
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Hand and arm injuries
- Joint replacement
- Parkinson’s disease
- Severe arthritis
- Cerebral palsy
- Nerve compression
- Carpal tunnel
- Low vision
- Chronic pain
- Spinal cord injuries
Handrails, bathing or showering aids, mobility aids, and self-care aids are the most common assistive devices recommended for our adult clients. The occupational therapist will assess and make recommendations based on each individual’s needs.
The length of time required depends on your medical condition, abilities, and goals. Our occupational therapist will make a recommendation based on these factors at the conclusion of your initial assessment. From there, we will work together to design a treatment plan that works for your schedule and your needs.
Helping Adults to Regain Their Independence
We understand how frustrating it can be to struggle with everyday tasks. That’s why Enablr Therapy offers convenient, on-demand occupational therapy services. Whether you’re hoping to prevent falls, engage in more meaningful daily activities, or make your home safer, we can help. Contact us today to learn more.
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