February 14, 2022
As we age, we become more prone to illness, memory loss and injury. Occupational therapy is a type of rehabilitation that uses daily activities to help people of all ages live more independent and productive lives after a medical emergency. Over one-third of occupational therapists (OTs) work with seniors to help them maintain their independence. But what is occupational therapy and how can it benefit seniors?
One of an occupational therapist’s most important roles is promoting self-reliance. That’s why occupational therapy for seniors takes a somewhat unique stance by focusing on what the person can do. An OT will then use that knowledge to create an individualized plan that incorporates meaningful everyday activities to help older adults live a better quality of life.
Occupational therapy is key for seniors diagnosed with dementia. Occupational therapists at a memory care community — like those offered by Franciscan Ministries — are trained to assess a senior’s cognitive ability and use behavioral modification to help address changes in their personality. In the later stages of dementia, the therapist can focus on simplifying activities or providing sensory stimulation like soothing music to help improve quality of life.
If you have a family member faced with physical, mental, or psychological challenges, one of our OTs can create a tailored plan that works for your loved one and your family. To learn more about the occupational therapy services provided by Franciscan Ministries, contact us today.