Holistic Occupational Therapy
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to help clients improve their health and quality of life through facilitation of client participation in activities and roles that are necessary or meaningful to the client.
Illness, injuries, physical conditions, cognitive conditions and emotional conditions can all interfere with a person's ability to participate in activities of daily living and carry out roles that are necessary or meaningful to them.
Meaningful activities may serve many purposes. Some activities are more practical in nature, such as the daily tasks that allow a person to function more independently in their home, their job or in their community. And some serve more personal purposes, such as leisure activities or activities that enable a person to engage socially, emotionally or spiritually in order to experience a deeper sense of fulfillment and purpose in their life.
The word "occupation" can be defined here as ANY purposeful activity that occupies a person's time. Each person is unique and may need or wish to engage in any number of activities to fulfill their varying life roles. Therefore, activities that are necessary and meaningful for one person to be able to do may differ from that of another.
A Client-Centered Approach
An occupational therapy client at Harmony Integrative Health can expect a plan of care to be tailored to their own specific needs and desires. The client (or the client's parent, in the case of a young child) is an active member of their own therapy team, working with the therapist to identify areas of function needing to be addressed, identifying current barriers to function, setting meaningful and attainable goals to overcome those obstacles and participating in therapeutic strategies in and out of the clinic to attain those goals.
Occupational therapy services may take place in the clinic, but services may sometimes be more appropriate in the home environment or out in the community. Your practitioner will work with you to decide the most appropriate setting for each session.
The Occupational Therapist Can Help To:
- Teach the client to modify activities of daily living (sometimes with adaptive equipment) or to learn new daily living skills in response to illness, injury, pain, fatigue, cognitive challenges, aging or significant life changes.
- Teach coping skills to manage the physical and emotional effects of chronic and acute conditions, stress, current or past trauma, significant life changes and end-of-life concerns.
- Educate the client about healthy lifestyle choices and guiding them in attainable goal setting, planning and implementation of lifestyle changes that may improve health and overall quality of life.
- Provide a home safety and accessibility assessment, making recommendations for modifications to the home environment that will increase in-home safety for a client with changing needs and abilities.
- Provide training to the client and/or caregivers to support the client in their home or in the community. This may include:
- Independent or assisted mobility and transfer training (e.g. sitting, standing, walking, bed mobility, car transfers, bath/shower transfers, etc.) to decrease the risk of injuries or falls to the client and caregivers.
- Supporting the client in safely performing meaningful and necessary daily activities at their highest level of independence.
- Provide end-of-life therapeutic support to the client, family members and/or caregivers by:
- Addressing changes in the client's functional abilities
- Facilitating therapeutic activities that honor the client's physical condition and emotional and spiritual priorities.
*Please Note: The building where the clinic is located is not ADA accessible. There are 10 stairs leading to the entrance. If this is problematic, therapy sessions can be provided in the home. Driving time to locations that are further than 15 miles from the clinic will be included in the hourly rate unless a different agreement has been made with the practitioner prior to the home visit(s). Home visits cannot be offered in the state of Wisconsin due to the practitioner's lack of licensure in that state.