Have you hugged your Occupational Therapist this month?

… even a handshake will do! After all, April is Occupational Therapist Month! So it is a great time to let the Occupational Therapists in your life know how much they mean…

You don’t have an Occupational Therapist in your life? And you don’t even know what an Occupational Therapist does? Well, there may come a time when you or someone you love could benefit from Occupational Therapy so here is some insight, in his own words, from Jason DeMoranville, OTA here at Community Nurse & Hospice Care.

What is Occupational Therapy?

by Jason DeMoranville OTA

Occupational Therapy at Community Nurse & Hospice Care provides vital assistance in helping you and/or your loved one to obtain optimal independence and ability through one on one treatment with individualized routines and progressive goals. At Community Nurse and Hospice Care, Occupational Therapists and Assistants develop patient focused interventions and approaches to:

  • Increase the participation in daily activities such as bathing/showering, dressing, general home procedures and tasks.
  • Educate and safely apply effective energy conservation work simplification methods as well as self positioning techniques to enhance comfort, ease, access and healing of numerous conditions.
  • Recommend, instruct and initiate participation in use of adaptive and assistive devices such as grab bars, tub access adaptive equipment, aides to increase feeding/reaching/dressing/grooming/comfort/access etc.
  • Educate and establish routines to enhance lifestyle, decrease tiredness, increase strength/endurance/coordination to progress ability.

Occupational Therapy is a holistic practice with a focus on establishing safe accesses within the home environment providing patient as well as caregiver education, demonstration and practice of these methods. Often it is the OT’s observations and recommendations that help to adapt the environment for increasing patient’s independence.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association:

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

 Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

For more information about Occupational Therapy at Community Nurse & Hospice Care and the other home care services we offer, please CLICK HERE!


Friday, May 17th at the Kittansett Club, Marion 


featuring the Great Golf Ball Drop

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