Every April, Sunflower Home Health celebrates Occupational Therapy Month.  As a service that we provide to our patients, we believe that occupational therapy is an effective way to help patients of all ages improve their skills for day-to-day activities and well-being.  In this blog post, we will answer questions about occupational therapy, explain why it is important, and detail who needs to take advantage of occupational therapy.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational science is a discipline that provides the basic science of information about activities that support the practice of occupational therapy.  This science studies how activities meet the needs of individuals and provide meaning and purpose to life.  This is like how sociology is applied in social work and biology is applied in medicine.

Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems.  To enhance development, prevent disability, and increase independence, occupational therapists use the “occupations” of play/leisure activities, work, and self-care.

In short, occupational therapy can help if you have pain, injury, illness, or a disability that makes it difficult for you to do your job or schoolwork, care for yourself, complete daily tasks, move around, or take part in any activities.  It teaches you how to adapt and overcome any disability, injury, or illness.

Why Get Treatment?

Many people become ill, injured, or have a disability and allow it to control their lives.  At Sunflower Home Health, we are here to combat that mindset and help you improve your life through occupational therapy. Your illness, injury, or disability doesn’t have to define who you are.  You can fight it and we are here to help.  Occupational therapy can assist you in activities of your daily life such as:

  • Eat without help from others
  • Take part in leisure activities
  • Do office work
  • Bathe and get dressed
  • Do laundry or clean up around the house

The difference between a doctor and an occupational therapist is that an occupational therapist will ask you “what matters to you?” not, “what’s the matter with you?”.  We truly believe that every one of our patients deserves quality of life and should be able to do what matters most to them.

Advantages of Occupational Therapy through Sunflower Home Health

You can receive occupational therapy treatment many ways.  These include through a hospital, a rehab facility, or any other type of recovery center.  However, with many of those needing occupational therapy, we already having a working relationship with a patient through any illnesses or injuries that requires the need for occupational therapy.  You already know and trust our company and know that we will provide the best care available.  Also, if you or a loved one qualifies for home health care and occupational therapy, doing so in your own home allows a patient to be more comfortable with their surroundings.  This provides many advantages, such as helping patients become accustomed to any modifications that may have been made to their home after their illness, injury or disability.

If you are interested in finding out how Sunflower Home Health provides occupational therapy to its patients, we’ve listed some of the following methods that we use below:

  • Customized training for easier completion of specific day-to-day activities
  • Focus on each patient’s rehab potential and making sure that increased functionality is established based upon that potential
  • Motor training to help control both large and small muscle groups
  • Conducting an evaluation of adaptive equipment
  • Instructing each patient on how to conserve energy, simplify work, and emphasize their strengths rather than focus on the negative.

How Sunflower Home Health Can Help with Your Occupational Therapy

We devote time to each of our patients to find out the specific challenges they are faced with daily.  Once we determine their needs, we make sure to provide high-quality occupational therapy that will allow them to develop effective mechanisms for dealing with daily tasks and activities.  If you’re looking to gain mobility and acquire additional skills and functionality in your daily life, feel free to contact our team of skilled professionals for more information.  You can find our office locations and phone numbers at the end of this blog post.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does anyone visit me in advance to assess my home environment?
    1. An initial comprehensive assessment is conducted by one of Sunflower Home Health’s registered nurses to determine, among other things, the appropriate disciplines including physical or occupational therapy. Once it is determined that occupational therapy is medically necessary, the occupational therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation of the patient to develop a plan of care.  During this assessment, the occupational therapist will also assess the patient’s home environment for safety related issues and make suggestions to improve the safety of a patient’s home environment.
  2. How long does a therapy visit last?
    1. Like nurses, the time taken by an occupational therapist to complete for a visit is fully dependent on the needs of the patient. The occupational therapist will work within the individual time constraints of each patient.
  3. What qualifies as a “home” when home health care is being considered?
    1. Home is considered the location in which a patient lives. This can be the patient’s primary residence, a relative’s home, or any other independent living facility which would not be considered a hospital, skilled nursing facility, or intermediate care facility.

If you or someone you know needs occupational therapy and you have any questions, or if you just have questions about home health care in general, please don’t hesitate to navigate to the contact us form on our website and reach out or give us a call at your local office.  Those numbers are listed below:

  • Charleston – (662) 647-0653
  • Clarksdale – (662) 624-4141
  • Cleveland – (662)756-4676
  • Greenwood – (662) 455-3535
  • Grenada – (662) 294-0726
  • Indianola – (662) 887-1518

At Sunflower Home Health, we truly believe that education and awareness are the keys to making the Mississippi Delta a healthy and safe place to live, something that we are committed to making a reality.

 

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