There are many different benefits that neurological occupational therapy can provide to clients with neurological difficulties. Research has shown neurological therapy helps improve functional abilities, increases independence, and enhances patients’ quality of life.
The main goal of this type of therapy is to help clients with their independent living skills to improve function and quality of life. Let’s take a deeper look into what exactly neurological therapy is and how it can help clients with neurological difficulties lead better lives – so you can see how it could help you or someone you care about.
What Does Neurological Occupational Therapy Involve At IRS?
Neurological occupational therapy is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of treatment. It involves an individualised approach, which means that each client will work with a therapist to develop personal goals and objectives. At IRS, this starts with a holistic assessment, which will help to identify the areas of difficulty and impairment. The therapist will then work with the client and their families or important others to create a treatment plan that targets these specific areas and works towards the client’s goals. The therapy plan can involve a range of different interventions, including:
- Developing adaptive techniques to help with everyday tasks, such as dressing or eating. This can involve learning how to use different types of equipment in the home and when out and about, and/or adapting existing equipment or the home environment.
- Creating an environment that is safe for clients when they’re participating in daily activities. This includes ensuring that there aren’t any obstacles or hazards in the home or community that could cause a fall or injuries.
- Providing support with activities of daily living, such as meal preparation, budgeting, shopping, leisure activities, driving and going to work. This can also involve teaching new skills and strategies to manage any difficulties that may be encountered.
- Working on improving communication abilities in conjunction with the Speech and Language therapist . This is particularly important for clients who have had a stroke or any other types of brain injury.
Enhancing cognitive abilities, including memory and attention span. This can help improve how well someone is able to participate in daily activities. This may involve using cueing techniques, such as helpful prompts for remembering things like medication schedules or personal care routines.
How Neurological Occupational Therapy Can Transform Lives
The main goal of neurological occupational therapy is to help clients regain optimum function and independence as possible. This can have a huge impact on the overall quality of life for clients, and can often mean that they can live happier and more independent lives. Some of the ways that neurological occupational therapy can transform someone’s life include:
- Improved ability to participate in activities that they enjoy, both inside and outside the home.
- Increased mobility and independence, which can allow clients to do things like travel or go out for meals with friends and family.
- Better communication skills, which can help them connect with others more easily.
- Improved self-confidence and sense of wellbeing. This can be especially important for people who have been living with a neurological condition or impairment for some time.
- Risk assessment and management plans to improve safety in everyday activities.
Contact IRS Rehab Today For More Information
At IRS, we have a dedicated team of neurological occupational therapists, who are highly skilled and educated professionals specialising in helping people with neurological impairments and difficulties.
If you or someone that you care for is struggling with their neurological difficulties, we’d love to hear from you. We’re always happy to answer any questions that may help give more clarity on neurological occupational therapy and how it could benefit. To get in touch, visit our contact page, where you can submit an enquiry form or call our team today.