Occupational therapy (OT) can be defined by the following points but are not limited to:
- An evaluation of the person seeking occupational therapy service is conducted. During this time, occupational therapists along with the person’s family would determine his or her objectives in life.
- A customised plan is made to intervene into the person’s performance capabilities to accomplish different tasks assigned to him or her and realize his or her goals.
- A detailed study is conducted so as to ensure that the concerned objectives are successfully fulfilled and/or necessary modifications are made to the plan whenever required.
To help you understand well, it is best to say that occupational therapy is “outcome-oriented” form of treatment. In other words, occupational therapists strive to assist people to work towards tangible performance goals.
The benefits of OT are as follows:
- OT is helpful in preventing various health conditions.
- Occupational therapists work to make the homes of people with low mobility as well as poor visions, safer.
- These medical professionals can also impart lessons on latest driving norms and techniques to senior citizens and promote them as safe drivers.
- OT can help in to reduce stress and anxiety – one of the major causes for Type II diabetes.
- OT can help injured soldiers and veterans to overcome various distressful life transforming events.
Finally, occupational therapy has been instrumental in addressing one of the most crucial aspects of rehabilitation and recovery, i.e., the return to an active, normal life.