Occupational therapy uses “occupations” or activities to help patients perform required and meaningful tasks. Occupational therapists help patients of all ages participate in the activities which matter to them either for work or for every day enjoyment. Commonly employed occupational therapy uses include helping elderly adults experience positive cognitive and physical changes, helping patients to recover from an injury or surgical procedure, and helping children with disabilities learn to participate in normal activities and social situations. Services usually include:
Patients who can benefit from occupational therapy include those who:
These may seem similar but they are not the same thing. An occupational therapist helps patients of all ages, from infants to the elderly. They also help with a disability or illness which affects their ability to do those things which are important and meaningful to their life. These activities include dressing, eating, school activities, and working. While a physical therapist is trained to work with those who need help physically recovering from an injury or event. An occupational therapist will assist by making changes in areas which may interfere with an individual's ability to do those tasks, including changing the environment, the task, or improving the skills needed for the task. Occupational therapists have also been trained to work with those who have a mental illness or emotional problems such as depression and extreme stress.