What are Occupations?
Occupations are our daily meaningful activities. All of us have occupations. We structure our everyday lives with orderly, (or disorded) collections of occupations, i.e. habits and routines.
There are 7 areas of occupation that occupational therapists assess in each individual:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): dressing, grooming, eating, functional mobility
- Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): care of others/pets, community mobility, financial management
- Social Participation
Who are Occupational Therapists?
Occupational therapy practitioners (OTs) are highly skilled, licensed medical professionals who are trained in analyzing all aspects of an individual, determining strengths and weaknesses, and using this information to help a person achieve short- and long-term goals. OTs are especially knowledgable in the maintenance of long-term lifestyle changes.
We provide holistic rehabilitation to those whose occupations have been disrupted. We help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do to live their best life. We assess each person's strengths and limitations in the performance of their occupations and teach them to use their existing strengths to reach their lifestyle goals.
For more information about occupational therapy, please visit the AOTA website.
Non-traditional occupational therapy
Traditionally, OTs are seen in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hand therapy clinics, working with "old people" and "really injured people." However, as you can see from the services I provide, we can do much more than that. We help people across the lifespan with all kinds of lifestyles achieve and maintain their healthiest possible. We also collaborate with the existing healthcare professionals already on your team to provide complimentary healthcare. Occupational therapists are on the forefront of disease prevention and health and wellness promotion, and are therefore highly qualified professionals to provide therapy that fine-tunes one's lifestyle, aka lifestyle therapy.
For more information about occupational therapy and complimentary/alternative medicine approaches, please take a look at the following articles: