National Occupational Therapy Month

More than just a profession, Occupational Therapists play an integral role in a patient’s personal freedom and well-being. For thousands of individuals around the United States, not being able to perform daily tasks can lead to confusion, frustration, and often left searching for a solution.

That’s why an Occupational Therapist’s job is so important. At the core they help patients achieve what makes them happy!

What is National Occupational Therapy Month?

Beginning in 1980, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) began a monthly celebration to celebrate the “vitally important profession that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.” – AOTA.

How is Occupational Therapy Improving the Lives of Thousands?

Occupational Therapy can be an emotional and physical outlet not many knew they needed. Helping individuals of all ages, Occupational Therapists help patients regain participation in activities and daily tasks.

Depending on the patient and care plan, occupational therapy activities can range from buttoning a shirt, medication management, to moderate physical exercise.

Occupational Therapy:

  • Improves overall mood
  • Increases confidence
  • Creates independence
  • Helps regain daily control
  • Enhances motor skills
  • Supports quality of life

How is Team Select Making a Difference?

Team Select understands the importance of developing, maintaining, and recovering fine motor skills by offering occupational therapy from the comfort of the patient’s home. Team Select’s trained professionals have the experience and dedication to help improve the mobility of its valued patients – not just this month but every month. 

“To know an OT is to love an OT! Their diverse knowledge base, from cognitive training to equipment specialist, is truly astounding,” said Clinical Director of Mobile Therapy, Katy Thompson. “Recently, I was asked to evaluate a new geriatric upper extremity amputation. Realizing quickly, I was not equipped to brainstorm the complexity of how to navigate life with one arm, especially since she was a walker user, I reached out to our Team Select Occupational Therapists for assistance. The gadgets and tips the therapist had on everything from how to cut an apple with one hand, all the way up to basic home set up was truly impressive. The patient was so encouraged that she could still maintain some independence, all thanks to our OT. We could not run a well-rounded therapy program without their services.”

Currently Team Select is working to expand its Mobile Therapy Services to more than just Arizona and Colorado. By reaching more individuals in need, Team Select can help progress patients past a prior level of functioning and take one step closer to independence.

Learn about our Team Select occupational therapy programs:

How Can I Learn More?

See below for resourceful links to help practitioners, patients, and their families:

 

References and Resources:

https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth.aspx

https://www.aota.org/About-Occupational-Therapy/Professionals/MH/Community-Mental-Health.aspx

https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/slideshows/15-ways-occupational-therapy-can-help-you

https://medilodgeattheshore.com/announcement/top-10-benefits-of-occupational-therapy-for-elderly/

https://www.nurseregistry.com/blog/benefits-of-occupational-therapy/

https://radiusstaffingsolutions.com/occupational-therapy-and-its-role-in-mental-health/