The REALITY of OT
Updated: Oct 13, 2021
When grandma used to complain about her aching hands and required a cane for every step and turn, this showed me what (or at least what I thought) the defining line between someone who was independent and someone who needed assistance from someone like me. If there was a magic ball to know what lies ahead of us in life, most people would line up for a view. Reality shows that is not how life is and we must adapt and overcome many challenges.
So, what's the difference between the person you see on the left and the person you see on the right?
The gentleman on the left has probably realized that he is no longer able to walk without his equipment -- his cane. It may have been an OT, PT, Nurse, Caregiver, Case Manager, or a plethora of other persons that helped him see that OR he may have decided to pick up that cane from the local Walmart and see how it helps him stay moving. The little girl on the right is playing outside with bubbles. In this still image, we do not see what came before or after this picture was taken. Did she need someone to help her up as she fell to the ground? Did she need someone to show her how to blow those bubbles? Did she need trial and error to walk on the grass without something covering her bare feet?
Occupational Therapy. My lens is focused on every way that I can help a person achieve a goal for today or next year because that's what an Occupational Therapist is dedicated to doing. I could help this gentleman navigate getting out of his house and to the store using his cane even though he has weakness in his hands and often drops things. On the other hand, I could help this little girl regulate herself enough to play in the park while on a picnic with her family even though she has previously avoided many things touching her bare skin. There is no picture perfect person who may require assistance in everyday activities in the home, community, school, hospital, or nursing facility.
Working. Cooking. Cleaning. Driving. Bathing. Playing with bubbles. Toileting. Learning. Shopping. Sports. Walking to the store. Dressing. Feeding. Pet Care. Grooming. Medication Management. Sleep. Making Friends. Managing Finances.
I could keep going ---- but I think you get the picture.
"Occupations" occur at any time and any place. Our world continues to change with technology, perspectives, and opportunities. The world of therapy couldn't be more evolved and transparent than it was when I was a kid. We have tons of professionals who specialize in different ways to help my sweet and strong grandmother get through her day to day life in ways she recognizes and even in ways she has yet to see.
As an occupational therapist I invite you all to learn more, be more, do more to advocate for your loved ones health and well being to participate in everyday LIFE. Learn more about occupational therapy at:
--- Ta'Niqua H., MOTR/L
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There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more. - Robert M. Hensel