Adult Occupational Therapy 2017-04-24T11:06:12+00:00

Adult Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with individuals who are experiencing difficulty with activities of daily living or ADLs. ADLs include getting dressed, preparing meals, personal hygiene and care, and work activities. Often these deficits are caused by a neurological disorder or disease. These include CVA (stroke), Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and Spinal cord injury. Occupational therapy is also required by the geriatric population as they go through normal adult aging. These include (but are not limited to) arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and balance disorders. Occupational therapy helps patients perform daily tasks at home, at school, at work and during recreation.

At Temecula Valley Therapy Services, all patients receive an initial evaluation. This evaluation includes a review of the patient’s medical history, a review of the patient’s symptoms, and OT diagnostic tests and measurements. An individual plan of care is developed which includes the goals, planned treatment interventions, proposed frequency and duration of therapy required to attain the goals, and discharge plans as determined by the therapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, or ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). These include getting dressed, food preparation, self care and work activities.
OT is beneficial in treating a variety of patients such as those with after effects of a stroke (CVA), Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Parkinson’s disease for example. It is also beneficial following injuries, such has hand therapy.
First a comprehensive evaluation will be performed and mutually agreed upon goals will be set for each individual patient. Then the OT and COTA will provide exercises that are functional and meaningful to the patient in order to address the ongoing deficits. For example, if a patient has experienced a stroke decreasing the use of one arm, the patient will most likely perform exercises to strengthen the arm, regain functional movement and practice real life skills such as grooming, preparing food, dressing, and regaining functional mobility.

Chances are more than just the arm is affected when a loved one has a stroke. Occupational Therapists utilize many techniques to facilitate returned functional use of an extremity following a stroke. OT’s use meaningful and functional activities combined with weight bearing, strengthening of the trunk and upper extremity, range of motion and increased awareness of the limb to achieve the greatest level return of independence for activities of daily living.

Absolutely. Patient and caregiver education is a priority in treatment. You will receive personal customized exercises to do at home as well as suggestions to make tasks easier and more effective considering any deficits.
Open communication with your physician is of the highest importance at TVTS. You will receive a comprehensive evaluation at the start of your care and progress statements periodically to your physician or other health care professionals you may see. Our team at TVTS of speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapist coordinate your plan of care in house as well. We believe in treating the “whole person”, not just the “parts!”