When your loved one is admitted in a hospital, they receive the best care. Whether they are staying in a private room or a shared room, the facilities provided are what you cannot give them at home. It becomes difficult for children to take care of their aging parents, when their needs change. They are not able to provide them with the same level of care and attention they receive at a hospital or a nursing facility.
This is where an occupational therapist comes in.
So, who is an occupation therapist?
Let’s assume that your job keeps you too busy and with your wife at her own job and diving her time between kids and other house responsibilities, you are not able to provide your aging father the care he needs. While a caregiver does come for a specific period of time but after that, your father find t difficult to move from one place to another or do any other activity. This can be very dangerous for a senior, as at when they get older, the risk of arthritis and other such problems increase. Lack of moment can bring forth other pains, which can have dire consequences.
The Role of an Occupational Therapist
What an occupation therapist does is that he visits your house and asses it to see what additions could be in the rooms, bathroom and hall that would provide your father, as well as the caregiver some ease. This is considered a personalized service because the occupational therapist first individually addresses the patient. After looking at the medical records and determining the reasons behind the disability and other ailments, the occupational therapist gives assessment on areas that should have safety and mobility equipment.
Each patient’s case is different, which is their daily living needs are determined and then home modification are made. The equipment is available at affordable prices because they are not for commercial use.
Can You Trust an Occupational Therapist to Give You the Right Assessment?
Occupational therapists are accredited and registered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You will find one in every hospital, as they are responsible for making sure that every unit has the required mobility and safety equipment.
How an Occupational Therapist Helps
An occupational therapist guarantees that patients live their life at home as comfortable as possible. The assessment includes looking at every detail of their daily life, their likes and dislikes, and how active they are.
They provide advice for the following categories:
- Falls prevention equipment
- Specialised equipment prescription
- Wheelchair prescription
- Vehicle and home access assessments
- Environmental assessment
- Ergonomic and workplace assessment
- Mobility assessment
- Neurological and stroke rehabilitation
- Home modification
- Custom seating
- Back injury management
- Chronic pain management
- Palliative care
With right equipment in your house for your disabled parents, you will be able to go about your work guilt-free and without worrying that they might be at some risk.