Occupational Wellness – At Home.

I would like to explore an area that relates to occupational and physical therapy. But I plan to draw emphasis on occupational therapy at home. What is the difference between the therapies you ask?

The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform movement of the human body. (St. Catherine University Online, 2017).

So, as you see one is a bit short term focused while the other ties into long term goals that make life manageable. The desired goal is to maximize your level of independence in a productive and safe manner.

Occupational Therapy is a form of therapy that encourages rehabilitation through the performance of activities required in daily life. (Not The Former Things. (2017).

At home mobility exercises assess your range of motion and level of stamina.

These tips serve as a guide to anyone recovering from injury, healing from a setback due to chronic illness, or providing care for a loved one with limited mobility.

Range of Motion.

Consider the ability to move a particular limb, upper or lower.

Examine each muscle as it responds.

Factors that may have affected your range will vary and require your attention and care.

Level of Stamina.

What is the maximum amount of time you can continue physical effort to complete a particular exercise?

What are your most consistent time frames for completion?

Consider ease of completion.

Set realistic goals that help you manage your daily life more effectively.

Measure your Progress.

Begin with gentle exercises that require you to sit in a chair.

And as needed, continue with use of assistive technologies and other items available in your home that properly support your weight.

Gradually increase your efforts to reach a maximum level of consistency.

Be attentive to how your body adjusts.

Do not extend therapy in such a way that causes aggravation of your present condition.


Not The Former Things. (2017). Occupational Therapy at Home (DIY Strategies For Helping Your Child).
Retrieved from https://nottheformerthings.com/occupational-therapy-at-home/

St. Catherine University Online OTA. (2017). The Fields of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy: What’s the Difference?
Retrieved from https://otaonline.stkate.edu/blog/fields-occupational-therapy-and-physical-therapy-whats-difference/

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