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Occupational Therapy as a Home Care Service

Home care is a type of service offered to seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities who want to receive care from their own home, as opposed to traveling to a facility to receive care. Services are often split into skilled and unskilled services, skilled meaning medical care offered by a nurse as opposed to unskilled services which do not require a medical background. Occupational is a type of skilled service that helps people gain the skills and physical ability to perform tasks on their own.

Who Need Occupational Therapy?

Most people need occupational therapy after experiencing a health event that has made it difficult for them to perform everyday tasks. This includes events such as strokes, car accidents, arthritis, and more. Often, this type of therapy helps people who previously could previously care for themselves relearn essential daily activities.

How Does Occupational Therapy Help?

Occupational therapy helps people adjust to these situations by helping them:

  • Perform home safety checks and providing safety awareness education
  • Identify and address hazards that could lead to injuries
  • Learn how to use mobility assistive devices
  • Develop a personalized exercise, balance, and flexibility program
  • Fit and adjust to a new prosthetic
  • Manage pain and discomfort
  • Provide motor skills rehabilitation and posture adjustment

The goal of these services is to help people adjust to their new situation and grow more independent with time. Occupational therapy is often combined with other home care services, such as medication management, speech therapy, meal preparation, and more depending on the individual’s needs.

How WellSpring Home Health Helps

WellSpring Home Health offers all of the services mentioned in this guide, helping seniors, veterans, and anyone rehabilitating from an accident or injury. WellSpring has three locations, including:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Wasilla, Alaska
  • Tacoma, Alaska

You can learn more about WellSpring Home Health’s occupational therapy services by clicking the link below.

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