Whether recovering from surgery or short-term illness, returning home after a knee or hip replacement, living with dementia or Parkinson’s disease, or living at home with chronic illness or a disability, Northeast Professional Home Care’s expert occupational therapy and other rehabilitation therapy services can help.
We work closely with the patient, their caregivers and their personal physician to develop a customized care plan that focuses on patient safety, regaining mobility, communication, and the ability to complete daily living tasks, and maintaining independence.
Our program emphasizes continuity of care and provides a smooth transition from the hospital or rehabilitation facility to home. Each patient receives a complete assessment to determine appropriate care and therapy needs.
What is the role of an occupational therapist?
A licensed occupational therapist, in conjunction with other members of the home care team, will develop and implement an in-home treatment plan to retrain and rehabilitate essential life skills lost as a result of an illness, surgery or injury. This includes helping our patients achieve the highest level of independence in dressing, bathing, showering, feeding, and home/kitchen management/meal preparation.
An occupational therapy evaluation looks at all aspects of the client: cognition, vision, sensation, strength, mobility as well as their roles in the home and their goals for returning to their previous functional level.
When might someone need an occupational therapist?
You may receive the services of an occupational therapist if you have:
- Heart Failure
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cognitive and behavioral health conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Arthritis and chronic pain
- Neurological conditions, like stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, vestibular issues, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease
- Fall risk, balance issues, difficulty walking, muscle weakness
- Low vision
When ordered by your doctor, occupational therapy is often covered by Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, or your private insurance carrier.
Services of our licensed occupational therapists include:
- Teaching adaptations to more safely and effectively complete activities of daily living (ADLs), like dressing, showering, and preparing and eating meals
- Assessing the home environment to reduce potential home hazards from falls or other injuries
- Helping patients compensate for temporary or permanent physical limitations, like lack of balance, motor skills, muscle weakness, fall risk, and/or cognitive limitations, like communication or memory challenges
- Helping compensate for low-vision or lack of hand-eye coordination
- Creating safe and reliable systems for important tasks, like medication management
- Helping patients function as independently as possible at home
- Teaching family members how to more safely and effectively help the client to adapt to daily living challenges
- Helping patients use assistive devices, like walkers and wheelchairs
We all want to remain as autonomous and independent as possible during the rehabilitation process. Northeast Professional Home Care’s occupational therapists understand this and can help you or your loved one maintain your freedom and independence and rehabilitate with the comfort, security, and privacy that comes with being in your own home.
Benefits of in-home occupational therapy services:
- Increase your independence and ability to complete daily living activities
- Learn ways to adapt your movements and your environment to more successfully complete tasks that have become more difficult due to illness, injury, or other medical condition
- Implement systems with your occupational therapist to ensure a safer, more optimal space for recovery
- Recover and learn adaptive skills where you are most comfortable – at home
- Your in-home occupational therapist will educate and empower you about your own health status and recovery process
- Learn how to safely and effectively use assistive devices
- Enjoy the privacy and autonomy that comes with receiving in-home occupational therapy
- One-on-one attention from an occupational therapist that is not rushing between patients
- Your occupational therapist can assess your home environment and reduce potential home hazards from falls or other injuries
- Northeast Professional Home Care works with you, your family, your case manager, and your physician to ensure your rehabilitation plan is safe, supportive of your medical goals, and tailored to your needs
- Your occupational therapist coordinates your in-home treatment plan along with other care team members that you may need for your recovery, like skilled nurses, physical and speech therapists, home health aides, and medical social workers
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