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Nightingale Homecare Explains the Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Occupational TherapyDon’t let the title fool you: you don’t need an occupation to benefit from occupational therapy! Just ask any of our retired senior clients who receive OT services to enhance their ability to perform daily tasks of living, and who are experiencing a higher quality of life as a result. Here are just a few of the ways occupational therapy can help your senior loved ones:

  • Home Modifications: Aging at home often requires adaptations to ensure the home environment is safe and accessible. Occupational therapists can help provide recommendations about home safety equipment that could benefit the senior, and offer suggestions on easier and safer ways to handle everyday tasks such as ambulation, cooking, personal care, and more.
  • Pain Management: Through occupational therapy services, older adults can learn techniques to minimize pain while remaining as active as possible, building up stamina and strength and utilizing a variety of coping strategies. Occupational therapists will also assess a senior’s level of pain on an ongoing basis and adapt activities accordingly.
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Assistance: Those with dementia can receive training on activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, participate in memory-enhancing activities, engage in exercise programs and other activities of interest, experience reduced stress, and much more through occupational therapy. Occupational therapists can also recommend technological and other assistive devices to help seniors maintain as much independence as possible throughout the progression of the disease.
  • Physical Adaptations: For a variety of physical limitations, such as reduced vision, amputations, arthritis, limited range of movement, and much more, occupational therapists can recommend adaptive equipment to improve quality of life.

Occupational therapy is invaluable to older adults upon admission and prior to discharge after a hospital stay or as recommended by the senior’s doctor, and all therapy services will begin with a plan of care that outlines individual goals and recommendations.

In additional, occupational therapists can help family caregivers provide better care for their senior loved ones, through training on proper techniques and hands-on care advice.

Nightingale Homecare of Phoenix is pleased to provide occupational therapy services for seniors right in the comfort of home, along with a full range of in-home care services: skilled nursing care and doctor-ordered medical care, companion and personal care, and a variety of specialized care services, such as dementia care, fall prevention, chronic disease management, and more.

To learn more about how we can help your senior loved one thrive at home, contact us at 602-504-1555.

Posted in Blog, Senior Health, Therapy on April 4th, 2017 · Comments Off on Nightingale Homecare Explains the Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Gets Seniors Up and About After Hip Replacement Surgery

phoenix elder careThere’s great news for octogenarians and even nonagenarians when it comes to healthy hips: hip replacement in older seniors is on the rise, and not only is it safe for those in reasonably good health, but is recommended by experts to reduce pain and restore mobility.

But what’s the best method of recovery following hip replacement surgery? More and more frequently, occupational therapy is being touted as the preferred means, allowing for not just physical healing, but psychological and emotional recovery as well, as occupational therapists share ingenious ways to quickly and safely get back to daily activities. The following are just a few of the many areas in which occupational therapists can assist with recovery from hip replacement surgery:

  • Sitting: Learning to sit properly during hip replacement recovery includes avoiding leaning forward or crossing the legs until the doctor approves of these movements. OTs provide instruction and suggestions on devices to maintain a safe, upright position while seated.
  • Walking: Using a walker, transferring with the walker from chair to bed or bath, and getting into and out of a car all require careful instruction and maneuvering in order to keep the hip aligned properly and avoid placing too much or too little weight on it.
  • Dressing: There are a variety of tools available that an OT can recommend and train seniors to use to make daily dressing easier, such as a sock aid to pull socks into place and a dressing stick to pull clothing on without bending.
  • Sleeping: OTs can teach proper sleeping positions and the best ways to get into and out of bed safely, as well as assist in obtaining, if necessary, the best type of bed to promote healing.
  • Living: Many daily tasks of life that were once so simple and taken for granted become challenging following hip replacement surgery. Occupational therapy teaches valuable skills to help make the transition back to daily life as safe as possible, such as sliding heavier objects across the counter rather than lifting them, using a reaching tool to pick up objects, and utilizing a basket or bag attached to a walker.

At Nightingale Homecare, we understand the value of occupational therapy in the lives of our clients recovering from hip replacement surgery, as well as a variety of other conditions. We employ a full staff of medical professionals, including occupational, physical and speech therapists, registered nurses, dieticians, home health aides and nursing assistants, ensuring the seniors in our care a complete in-home care solution. For the most comprehensive and highest quality Phoenix elder care, call on Nightingale Homecare at 602-504-1555.

Posted in Blog, Phoenix, Senior Health on April 6th, 2016 · Comments Off on Occupational Therapy Gets Seniors Up and About After Hip Replacement Surgery