Occupational therapy improves the patient’s ability to perform regular daily activities, such as getting dressed, picking up a toothbrush, or walking down the hallway. Patients who require occupational therapy may have suffered a brain injury or cognitive degeneration and require practice to get back into these meaningful activities.
Occupational Therapy Complements
Palliative and Hospice Care
Occupational therapy is a holistic and client-centered approach that fosters a sense of independence for those living with debilitating symptoms. Occupational therapy also enables patients to adapt to their changing ability levels, helping them continue to live life to the best of their ability.
Occupational Therapy Helps With:
- Driving & community mobility
- Leisure activities
- Safety procedures
- Meal preparation
- Social participation
- And so much more.
Effective Occupational Therapy Interventions in Palliative and Hospice Care
Dressing, bathing and functional mobility are just a few examples of occupational therapy interventions that can be effective in palliative and hospice care. Interventions may occur in a hospital, outpatient, home or community setting.
Effective occupational therapy interventions will be based on the activities the patient wishes to continue participating in. For example, occupational therapy interventions may target the patient’s ability to complete everyday tasks, such as dressing or showering. Whereas another patient may need help completing leisure activities, such as walking or gardening.
Occupational therapists play a vital role in assisting and helping patients living with a serious illness that can no longer remain engaged in everyday tasks. They also provide support, education, and training to patients and their caregivers.