Occupational therapy (OT) is “is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental or developmental condition” from BLS. Well that’s one way of defining it. To me it is helping someone realize the potential they still have to live life even after an injury, whether it be cognitive or physical. To patients it’s when people who do basically the same thing come in and talk to them about what they can or can’t do and make them do things they can’t do, or at least think they can’t.
Some people think OT and Physical Therapy (PT) are the same thing… HA. While we work on the same areas like transfers and walking, we do SEPARATE THINGS! OT works on Bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, and transfers; and each area can be broken down to upper body bathing, lower body bathing, upper body dressing, lower body dressing, hygiene, toilet hygiene, feeding, toilet transfers, bed transfers, wheelchair transfers. Whereas PT works on walking and strengthening and movement to perform those activities effectively.
Patients and family members get us confused so often I usually answer to PT but if they ask me a PT related question I kindly remind them I am an OT and I can’t answer that question, but I will gladly go find a PT (if one isn’t available) to ask it and give them an answer. I think the reason we get confused so often is because we are usually seen doing the same things sometimes. All of the things I named above are improved by having physical therapy and occupational therapy working towards goals that increase the functional outcomes of individual patients.
Once Upon A Time
This show is epic… If you aren’t watching it… watch it! Each week I found myself wondering what was going to happen next week… then I joined Tumblr… then I started wondering DAILY what was going to happen next week. And you know what? I AM A CAPTAIN SWAN FAN! Have been for a VERY VERY long time and LOOOOOVE them! Also, next week with the finale? WHERE THE HELL ARE THEY GOING??? I have no clue, there’s been Neverland, there’s been Storybrooke, they’ve already done Wonderland with Once Upon A Time in Wonderland… so I have NO CLUE! I looked up fairytale lands to see if I could figure it out, but I couldn’t because I just can’t process what other lands there are they haven’t visited yet. I guess I’ll find out in 5 days????!!!