KHS takes advantage of this opportunity during National Occupational Therapy Month to recognize and thank the OT’s in our area who show their dedication to getting patients back on their feet, back to work and back to doing the activities they enjoy. Do you have a favorite OT? Would you like to thank an OT that has had a significant impact on your recovery?
The following information is from the American Occupational Therapy Association (http://www.aota.org):
What Is Occupational Therapy?
In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers.
KHS works with OTs everyday to get their patients the proper products and services for their needs. In the area of women’s health, KHS has a comprehensive selection of products to support those recovering from mastectomy surgery. Our goal matches that of the OT: to help the individual return to performing daily activities as soon as possible.
Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment can impose multiple degrees of physical and psychological strain on an individual. The physical, emotional, and cognitive implications associated with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery can result in decreased ability to engage in meaningful occupations, including maintaining one’s home, returning to work, and performing prior social roles and responsibilities adequately. This can have a profound impact on one’s economic status and personal interactions, which affect overall occupational performance, quality of life, and well-being.
Role of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy services are beneficial for individuals with breast cancer from the initial diagnosis through the survivorship phase of care. Deficits from breast cancer and its treatment can be complex and have a compounding effect, with patients sometimes experiencing improvements in physical abilities but not in functional outcomes due to
fear and anxiety about moving the affected extremities. Many individuals coping with breast cancer need to return to roles such as caring for children as soon as possible, which creates a need for education and training on adapting for short-term deficits while preventing future deficits. Occupational therapists also play a critical role in screening patients for signs of functional decline across the continuum of care, assuring optimal recovery in the shortest amount of time.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational therapy services can provide valuable benefits to individuals on the continuum of breast cancer diagnosis and intervention by helping them to resume valued roles more quickly, with fewer long-lasting effects of treatment.
KHS thanks our OT partners and wishes them continued success in their important work!