Occupational Therapy for Adults

How can occupational therapy help me?

When discussing occupational therapy, individuals often state, “I’m not looking for a job, so why would I need occupational therapy?” It is a common misinterpretation associated with the title of occupational therapy. Occupational therapists assist individuals to become as independent as possible with the “job of living”. In other words, we address any concerns you may have with self-care tasks (i.e. dressing, toileting, medication management, self-feeding), home management (i.e. cleaning, cooking, laundry), functional mobility, and fall prevention. We may also assist with improving your functional activity tolerance, improving handwriting legibility, and/or addressing urinary incontinence.   Occupational therapy addresses any skills you need for the job of living.

Do you recognize yourself or your loved ones in any of these quotes? If so, you may benefit from skilled occupational therapy services to increase your independence and maintain your quality of life.

Self-care

“It takes me so long to get dressed in the morning.”

“My hands shake so much I have a hard time feeding myself.”

Functional mobility

Sometimes I find I get “stuck” when trying to walk, especially when trying to turn around or when I’m in tight spaces. It seems to get worse when I feel like people are watching me or when I am feeling anxious.”

“I am starting to fall regularly when I am walking out in the community. It is embarrassing and makes me not want to leave the house.”

Handwriting

“I have noticed my handwriting is getting smaller and more difficult to read.”

Informal Driving Assessments

“My family is starting to worry that I may not be safe driving anymore.”

Home safety evaluations

“I am having difficulty moving around in my house and am even falling frequently at home.”

Urinary Incontinence

“I have been experiencing urgency to get to the bathroom on time and it makes me anxious to go out in public.”