Occupational therapy is one of the most well-received services we offer our home health patients at Aspire.  However, despite its excellent reception, many people do not know what this therapy is.  So, in this blog, I’ll briefly describe what this therapy is to spread awareness of this highly beneficial service!

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is used to treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  A therapist will work with patients to choose activities that will benefit them based on their goals, needs, and lifestyle.  Of course, these activities will vary from patient to patient.  But, some of the activities a patient might work on are origami, sewing, lifting light weights, writing, keyboarding, and cooking.

Why Does Aspire Offer This Therapy?

At Aspire, our goal is always to help our patients feel as happy and healthy as possible.  Our philosophy is that a large part of that feeling comes through helping our patients maintain or regain their independence.  Occupational therapy is the service we utilize to help our patients do this.  By helping our patients reclaim their self-sufficiency and gain the ability to care for themselves, we empower them to live their highest possible quality of life.

One common question is, “What is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?”  This is a great question, as the two have a lot of similarities.  However, the philosophies and goals in the two therapies are different, and that’s where the distinction is.  Physical therapy’s purpose is to improve a patient’s ability to move their body to recover from a surgery, illness, or injury.  On the other hand, occupational therapy’s purpose is in improving a patient’s ability to perform daily tasks and take care of themselves with as little help as possible.

If you’d like to learn more about occupational therapy or any other services we offer at Aspire Home Health and Hospice, give us a call today!

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