"Unlocking Independence: The Benefits of Embracing Mobile Outpatient Occupational Therapy"

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"Unlocking Independence"

November 25, 20232 min read

Why you should consider Mobile Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Many older adults suffer the inconvenience of leaving their homes for Therapy. Sometimes, they have to be dropped off too early, picked up too late after therapy appointments, or even have constantly canceled appointments due to transportation issues. Mobile occupational Therapy can bridge the gap between the older adult, mobility and transportation problems by offering many benefits, especially for those with physical or cognitive limitations. 

Comfort: Mobile therapists bring the therapy to the older adult's home, making it more convenient and accessible.

Family involvement: Therapy at home allows family members, caregivers, and loved ones to be actively involved, which helps them to learn strategies that can be used to support the older adult and also use the strategy to reinforce therapy exercises. 

Individualized Care: Therapy in one's natural environment allows for a more personalized and tailored approach to treatment. The therapist will work one-on-one with the client, observing their living environment and the connection between them, their environment, and their occupational performance. This will help the therapist to customize the patient's intervention to address specific challenges. 

Familiar environment: older adults are often more comfortable and relaxed in their homes, which can positively impact their therapy outcomes. They can practice the skills and techniques in their familiar surroundings, making applying what they learned to daily life easier.

Reduce the risk of infection: home therapy can reduce the risk of patients, especially older adults, being exposed to illnesses or infections that can sometimes be present in healthcare facilities or outpatient clinics, which is very important for older adults with weakened immune systems.

Enhancement of safety: During in-home Therapy, occupational therapists can assess the patient's home environment for potential safety hazards and suggest modifications to prevent or reduce the risk of falls and accidents, thereby improving overall safety and reducing the risk of injuries.

Improved compliance: Older adults are most likely to adhere to their therapy programs when it's delivered at home. This can lead to better results and quicker progress in regaining or improving their functional abilities.

Reduce stress: Avoiding the need to commute to therapy sessions can reduce stress for both the older adult and their caregivers, making the rehabilitation process more comfortable and less taxing.

Continuity of Care: Older adults can receive consistent care from the same therapists, building a rapport and trust that can be especially valuable for older adults with cognitive impairment.

Individualized goals: mobile occupational therapists can set specific goals that are achievable goals based on the adult's unique needs and priorities, helping them regain independence in the activities that matter most to them.

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Dr. Ezii Oguibe-Shepherd

Meet Dr. Ezii, a licensed occupational therapist and expert in Dementia, Brain Injury, and Aging in Place.

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