Occupational Therapy Tips for Seniors
If a senior you love is preparing to begin occupational therapy, there are steps you can take to ensure the best possible outcome. Those include:
- Set goals: Work with the therapist to set realistic goals. While the ultimate goal may be to drive a car again, it helps to break that goal down into smaller objectives. It might be to regain the range of motion necessary to look over their shoulder and merge in traffic. Another objective might be to master pulling the seat belt over their shoulder and locking it.
- Encourage patience: Along these same lines is the need to be patient. One of the challenges seniors face as they begin their therapy is that it often takes time to make progress. Encourage your senior loved one to be patient and not be hard on themselves.
- Dress comfortably: Therapy can be hard work! Dressing comfortably, including wearing comfortable shoes, can help make occupational therapy sessions a little easier.
- Celebrate small victories: You can also help your loved one stay motivated by celebrating small victories with them. This is especially true if they have a long road ahead of them with regard to their recovery. It might be with lunch out, a bouquet of flowers or a milkshake from their favorite ice cream shop.