Does your loved one have difficulty performing basic household chores, such as loading the dishes or doing the laundry?  The natural effects of aging can sadly result in the inability to perform daily tasks of living.  Duties that once seemed second nature are now near impossible to complete.  For seniors suffering from this sudden loss of independence, it is common to experience depression and powerlessness.

Luckily there is a solution. Occupation therapy is a type of treatment aimed at helping individuals improve physical limitations hindering them from performing daily living tasks.  At Premier Home Care, our licensed occupational therapists (OTs) specialize in providing therapy to senior citizens in the comfort of their own homes. We are passionate about helping our patients regain functional use of their bodies and restore independence to their lives.

Our Treatment Process

Injuries and medical conditions vary from person to person, making each patient’s treatment plan unique.  At Premier Home Care, we take a five-step approach to identify, assess, and treat injuries.

Step One – Analyze: Does the patient have an acute injury, such as a broken bone or sprain, or a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease or aphasia? Has this been an ongoing medical condition or short-term?

Step Two – Assess: What is the severity of the injury or condition?  What is the level of pain?  Is imaging required?

Step Three – Create a Treatment Plan: Create timetables and measurables to monitor progress based on the analysis and assessment phases.

Step Four – Administer Treatment:  Provide care according to the treatment plan.

Step Five – Reassess and Adjust: Reevaluate and examine the effectiveness of treatment.  Create a new treatment plan if needed.

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Caring for Dementia

Occupational therapy is an integral part of helping seniors cope with the challenges of memory loss.  Dementia is a degenerative and incurable condition. Thus, the role of occupational therapy is not to cure the disease but rather to provide solutions to reduce its impact on daily living.  Occupational therapists will help the individual suffering from memory loss identify patterns, habits, and routines.  Other techniques also help with memory loss, such as setting up dementia-friendly clocks and labeling doors.  

The Use of Adaptive Products and Equipment

Often, as we age, our fine motor and sensory skills diminish, and we lose the ability to maintain functional independence.  Adaptive products are devices designed to help make everyday activities easier to accomplish.  Some of the most common products that we use include dressing sticks, reachers, dining aids, and low vision clocks.  

Contact us today to schedule an assessment of your loved one’s home care needs.  We can be reached at 215-969-2225.  We service the entire Philadelphia region.