After surviving a stroke, the entire rehab team is critical in helping a patient regain his or her independence. Proper care typically allows 10 percent of patients to recover with no impairments and 25 percent can recover with only minor impairments.
Occupational therapy (OT) is an important part of the stroke recovery process. Patients need to relearn their everyday abilities to live as independently as possible. An occupational therapist can improve these daily living activities, which include bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, and even driving. The therapist is most likely the health professional that the patient will see most after a stroke and is a vital part of the rehabilitation team.
Just as every stroke is different, occupational therapy will be different for each patient and customized to his or her needs. The individualized plan is based on how the stroke has affect the patient’s life, the severity of the stroke, what is meaningful in the patient’s life, and what he or she hopes to improve. While one patient might need to learn strategies for one-handed cooking, another might need coordination exercises in order to use both hands.
A typical OT plan includes some version of arm and hand exercises, use of handwriting aids, work equipment modifications, leisure skill development, manual or electric wheelchair use, and dressing and grooming aids until the patient has a fully functional life.
Occupational therapy can even take place in different locations based on the patient’s needs, such as:
Occupational therapists address challenges brought on by the stroke – this may include cognitive, physical and emotional difficulties. Because of this, OT offers many different benefits to the patients who undergo therapy. Some of these include1:
Thanks to occupational therapy, patients who suffered a stroke can still continue a favorite hobby or activity. With time and care, you or your loved one can recover, be more independent, and reclaim life. When looking for a qualified rehabilitation center, Advent Christian Village offers four-star skilled nursing care at its Good Samaritan Center. Contact us to learn more about the compassionate care and occupational therapy provided at our facility.