Occupational Therapy for People Living with Parkinson’s Disease

6 Apr, 2023

Occupational Therapists (OT’s) focus on the functional abilities of an individual, rather than solely on their diagnosis. Their goal is to help people living with Parkinson’s Disease to maintain their independence by identifying challenges and developing strategies to overcome them. This may involve assessing their ability to perform tasks such as reaching, grasping and walking. Based on this assessment, the OT can develop a personalised treatment plan.

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement, balance and coordination. It can make day-to-day tasks such as cooking, dressing and driving difficult and affect an individual’s independence, leading to a decrease in their overall quality of life.

Fortunately, Occupational Therapists can play a vital role in helping people living with Parkinson’s Disease to become more independent and improve their overall well-being.

An OT can help an individual living with Parkinson’s Disease to improve the skills they need to carry out daily life activities, such as dressing, grooming, and eating, which can increase their overall wellness.

Occupational therapists also understand the importance of involvement from family or loved ones and are able to provide education and training to them on how to best support their needs.

Cognition and Parkinson’s

An Occupational Therapist helps those living with Parkinson’s Disease improve their cognitive function. Parkinson’s Disease can cause mental changes such as difficulty with attention, memory and problem-solving. OT’s can work with individuals to develop cognitive strategies, such as breaking tasks down into smaller steps or using memory aids, to help them cope with these challenges.

 

How we can help

Occupational Therapists play a critical role in helping people with Parkinson’s Disease to increase their well-being and independence. Through individualised treatment plans and ongoing support, our OT’s can help individuals with Parkinson’s Disease overcome everyday challenges that can help manage the symptoms of the disease. With their guidance, these individuals can achieve a better quality of life, maintaining their independence for longer.

Contact us on 1300 122 884 to find out how we can help you or your loved one.

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