Registered Occupational Therapists (OTRs) help people with conditions that are mentally, physically, and emotionally disabling. They’re the engineers of any comprehensive home health care plan. The OTR will supervise any Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) assigned to provide some of your care.
Working with you and other caregivers, the OTR designs and recommends equipment such as ramps, grab bars, and adaptations to toilets. Sometimes, they design a whole new arrangement for furniture. The goal: to maximize safety and ease movement through the home.
OTRs teach activities and exercises to improve strength and dexterity:
- Holding objects
Some OTRs even use computer programs to help improve decision making, problem solving, memory and coordination. Visual exercises and flashcards help patients re-learn patterns.
Conditions that benefit from Occupational Therapy include:
- Stroke or traumatic brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease
- Recovery from surgery
- Cancer treatments