April is National Occupational Therapy Month

MediLodge of Rochester Hills Celebrates Occupational Therapy Month

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association’s executive board, occupational therapy is defined as “the therapeutic use of work, self-care and play activities to increase development and prevent disability.  It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.”

But why the term “occupation”?  The dictionary defines occupation as “that which chiefly engages one’s time, trade, profession or business.”  A person’s occupation can therefore be defined as the way in which we occupy our time.  Our time is divided into three categories of activities that we take part in daily:  Self-care or activities of daily living are sleeping, eating, grooming, dressing and toileting; work is the effort that is exerted to do or make something or perform a task; leisure is free, unoccupied time that a person chooses to do something they enjoy.  Therefore, occupational therapy is the use of meaningful activities, “occupational activities,” to help patients recover from illness or injury.

It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest.  These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.  By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment – occupational therapy assists residents to do the following:

• Achieve goalsRochester Hills OT month

• Function at the highest possible level

• Concentrate on what matters most to them

• Maintain or rebuild their independence

• Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

 

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