Columbus, Ohio. Continuing on in a series of posts dealing with brain injuries arising from car accidents, Attorney David A. Bressman discusses yet another member of the treatment team. The best, most successful, results in brain injury cases arise when a multitude of medical care providers are involved.
One member of your treatment team will likely be an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to do the activities of daily life [ADL]. An occupational therapist is health professional trained to help people who are ill or disabled learn to manage their daily activities. This type of therapist evaluates the self-care, work and leisure skills of a person and plans and implements social and interpersonal activities to develop, restore, and/or maintain the person's ability to accomplish ADL (eating, dressing, bathing) and necessary occupational tasks. According to Ohio State University, “Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that uses "occupation," or purposeful activity, to help persons with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.”
Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. The therapist helps to improve basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The ultimate goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
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