Importance Of Incupational Therapy

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Why do I choose occupational therapy and why am I interested in Geriatric (elderly) as a specific area of occupational therapy? Also, what kinds of personal skills/abilities that I posses that will be useful in occupational therapy? After spending two years in nursing school and three years working in the health care field, I came to realize that was not my true passion. Even-though, I always though of a profession in the medical field, using personal and work experiences along with valid knowledge I have come to realize that occupational therapy (OT) is the right healthcare career for me. In support, I enjoy working in teams and with the clients by engaging in activities. I believe a career in occupational therapy will make me very elated…show more content…
It is currently a year and a half since my father’s father had a stroke, my father has no modern experience or knowledge in the healthcare field; however, somehow on his own he has to learn range of motion (ROM), clean a person with a weak side and other medical related techniques in caring for his father with hemiplegia. Hemiplegia is when the muscle of the body on one side is paralyze (face, arm, and leg). As a result, there is a damage to the opposite side of the brain that involves nerves of the spinal cord that affects various parts of the body, depending on the amount of damage and where it occurred. While my father and I learn all that from the doctor who educated us on stroke and how grandfather lost the ability to talk and move while dealing with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to research article, 52.3% of occupational therapist are performing cognitive stimulations with persons with AD, 82.4% report using cognitive rehabilitation, 61.8% using cognitive stimulation and 50.0% using cognitive training (Robert, A., Mazer, B., Gelinas, I., 2009). In addition, valid research has suggested clients with mild AD and moderate AD, were more likely to receive various types of cognitive interventions than clients with severe AD (Robert, A., Mazer, B., Gelinas, I., 2009). Base on this valid information, I know that if my grandfather has an occupational therapist as one of his health care providers he will be treated as a whole, since one of the main principles of an OT is holism, and be able to get a personalize care plan just for him. In addition, older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease deal with several symptoms, for example, memory loss, language deflect, and changes in decision-making ability, judgment, and personality (AOTA, 2011). Moreover, when we first
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