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
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.