Prepare now for National OT Month approaching in April

April is National Occupational Therapy (OT) Month and a great time to highlight the Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy associates on your Home Health team. Recognize these vital professionals by celebrating their holistic approach to wellness that enable people to participate in the activities they want and need to do. These talented practitioners blend knowledge of the patient and their environment to help them live life to its fullest despite injury, illness, or disability. Their maxim is, not “What’s the matter with you?” but, “What matters to you?”

Common OT implements include, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Many Occupational therapists and occupational assistants specialize in geriatric care. They focus on re-teaching seniors the basic skills needed for daily activities like dressing, grooming, and cooking.  The OT process is to improve physical and mental abilities by therapeutically preforming everyday tasks.

Besides overcoming daily challenges, Occupational therapists generally recommend household modifications that can make their patients’ environment more accommodating. They simplify functionality within the home and train the family on how to better provide care while improving safety for everyone.

Standard OT Services:

  •  Perform a preliminary evaluation with the care group to establish the patient’s goals.
  •  Outline a strategy to accomplish patient goals and improve daily activity performance.
  •  Teach simple techniques to make daily tasks easier.
  •  Coach physical wellness through low impact exercise.
  •  Provide helpful devices like bathtub benches, bed rails, and any other mechanisms that may help prevent falls.
  •  Conduct evaluations to track patient progress.

Celebrate OT Month in your company:

  •  Throw an OT Party and invite past patients to share their success stories and take lots of photos to share.
  •  Use social media to highlight your Occupational Therapists and describe how essential OT is to Home Health care.
  •  Host a Lunch & Learn for your referral sources to point out all of the services you offer your patients and seek feedback to improve your practice.
  •  Put together an OT get together after work to facilitate team building and discuss the patients that have touched your heart.

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Focus on senior safety at home this August

August gives us all a great opportunity to focus on an important topic we should all think more about: home safety.

While as home care professionals, a great deal of our time and effort is spent ensuring our clients are living as safely and healthfully as possible at home, there is much more we can do to not only enhance our services but promote the idea of home safety throughout our communities.

National Safe at Home Week is Aug. 20-26. Use this observance as a catalyst to jump-start your safety efforts. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Educate seniors in your community about some of the most common and avoidable dangers lurking in their homes. Host a series of seminars at a local senior center with topics such as emergency preparedness, help for those with hearing difficulties, poison prevention, home fire safety, and more. Find some great information to help you lead the discussion at the CDC’s website for Home and Recreational Safety.
  • Few things can land a senior in the hospital faster than a fall. Volunteer to teach a senior class on fall prevention at a local adult day care center. TAG Partners offers a ready-made class on fall prevention, complete with script, promotional posters, and presentation flyers for attendees all personalized to your agency. Call 866-232-6477 for information on individual component pricing.
  • Hand out personalized first aid kits or potholders to your senior community along with your agency’s marketing brochure and an offer for a free home safety evaluation. Call TAG Partners at 866-232-6477 to explore the promotional product options available to you.
  • Partner with your local fire department in providing fire safety education to your community. Get started by checking out the US Fire Administration’s helpful Fire Safe Seniors Tool Kit. It includes tons of handouts, posters and other items to help you deliver an effective presentation.
  • Talk to your local radio station about hosting a monthly show about seniors and home safety. There is a wealth of topics to cover, such as preventing falls/balance issues, planning for a disaster, home health care safety, Internet/personal safety, fraud prevention, etc.