How Can Occupational Therapy Assist You?
Occupational Therapy promotes a person's ability to independently participate in activities that bring meaning and purpose to their life.
At Lighthouse International, occupational therapists work with people of all ages with a variety of diagnoses such as stroke, cardiac conditions, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Our occupational therapists work with the visually impaired in a large variety of settings such as low vision clinics, schools, hospitals, nursing facilities, the workplace and in people's homes. They collaborate and work with other low vision professionals to reduce the impact of vision loss and promote independence.
Our occupational therapists focus on a number of areas that affect a person's functional ability. These include:
- Training and education of visual devices
- Visual skills training
- Treatment of sensory motor impairments
- Modifying your environment for appropriate lighting and contrast, glare control and ergonomics
- Adapting grooming and dressing techniques for people affected by strokes
- Participation in leisure activities
- Individually designed home exercise programs
- Creating and teaching the use of a memory book for people affected by dementia
- Collaboration with school personnel and families for students with learning disabilities
- Instruction in energy conservation techniques for those with cardiac conditions
- Training people with arthritis in the use of joint protection principles for daily tasks
Our occupational therapists also focus on Home Safety and Fall Prevention.
- Identifying fall hazards
- Making recommendations for safety equipment
- Examining lighting in the kitchen, doorways and stairs
- Recommend increased contrast in potential fall areas