Occupational therapy helps individuals to participate in activities of daily living. Occupational therapists work with people to enhance their abilities to do the things they need and want to do, or by modifying the activity or environment to support the person’s occupational engagement.
‘Occupation’ simply refers to the things we do daily. The things we do are experienced as a blend of pleasure, restoration, and productivity, and this blend varies from person to person. For example, the occupation of shopping may feel more like work to one person and more like entertainment to another.
Also, the meaning and function of occupation vary depending on when the activity occurs. Consider the different meanings of shopping for lollies as a child, shopping for new clothes after a first paycheck, and shopping for your first wheelchair, and it’s easy to see how different occupations have different meanings at different times and in different contexts. Culture also influences which occupations are meaningful to us.
In the context of aged care coordination on the Mornington Peninsula, occupational therapists help clients in various ways. Therapists can help clients enhance or regain their daily lives after a specific event such as a stroke or hip replacement; they can assess and modify clients’ home environments to maximise safety and independence, or they may provide client and carer education related to the use of adaptive equipment.
Occupational therapy is just one of the many services AgeSmart can coordinate and manage for aged individuals who wish to live at home independently. Contact us today to see how we can help with care coordination on the Mornington Peninsula.