A very big part of what Caring Companions does is serve as a resource to our clients and their families. Sometimes, we are part of the solution. Many times, all we do is steer them in the right direction. Either way, we are happy to help.
It is no surprise many people don’t understand the resources available to help their loved ones. It is a pretty complicated landscape and one that is constantly evolving as the baby boomers age. Home health…care management…living facilities…occupational therapy…aging in place specialists…volunteer organizations…placement agencies…hospice. And the list goes on
Over the next few months, I am going to share with you the resources available to seniors and their families in what I call “the senior ecosystem.” I have a front-row seat to how this is evolving and I hope my observations help! I will also rope in some friends that are experts in specific areas…guest writers, if you will. As always, feel free to reach out to me if you ever want to discuss anything.
So where to start? How about occupational therapy? Installment number one courtesy of Andrew Sever who is president of EnABLE Home Solutions, LLC.
The Senior Ecosystem: Occupational Therapy
Can mom stay at home or is it time to make a change? Ask an occupational therapist!
I asked my friend Andrew Sever to help us understand what an occupational therapist does and how they fit into the senior ecosystem. Andrew is an MS, OTR/L, CAPS, CEAC is a licensed occupational therapist and is President of EnABLE Home Solutions LLC. He is also a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist and a Certified Environmental Access Consultant. A mouthful! But a good one…he helps people every day recognize needs and find solutions to make sure they are safe and comfortable. So what exactly is an occupational therapist?
Andrews writes, “occupational therapists are trained to assess a person’s physical, cognitive, and psychological capabilities. First they utilize input from the client and their family to understand what specific activities (or occupations) are most important to an individual. They then evaluate the individual’s environment and identify any obstacles present that may hinder performance. Ultimately, the occupational therapist’s role is to provide solutions that allow a person with changing capabilities and needs to continue to participate in their activities (occupations) while remaining within their preferred environment.”
Every day, people facing the challenges of sudden health issues or everyday aging ask “can mom stay at home or is it time to make a change?” An occupational therapist is the BEST person to direct that question to. Sure, family and friends can provide a reliable support system, but they probably lack the professional knowledge to know what options are available. Certain vendors and builders experienced in working with clients in similar circumstances can be reassuring…but do they understand the intricacies of your situation? Occupational therapists are trained to recognize subtle, often overlooked details of a person’s situation and incorporate them into solutions that will help a person age in place.
So, if you find yourself asking “can mom stay at home or is it time to make a change?”, call Andrew…he can help!
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