Occupations as means and end was described by Catherine Trombly in 1995. Occupation Definition In the early days of occupational therapy, crafts were used as diversions, as general methods of recovery from disease and injury (Llorens, 1993; Slagle, 1914), and for...
Tired of drawing stick figures with arrows for exercise handouts? My PT colleagues have shown me a wonderful resource - hep2go.com It allows you to create customized exercises with user-generated images and input the number of reps/sets. It is pretty straightforward...
Background Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS/AIDP), Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), and Miller Fisher Syndrome are a group of inflammatory diseases that causes demyelination of axons in peripheral nerves. Cause is uncertain, possible causes include: genetic, vaccination (infrequently), viral infection, enteritis,...
Intended Audience General Public Older Adults Family members OT Practitioners OT Students Background According to the CDC, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78 years. Interestingly, the average life expectancy of other countries such in Canada and Europe...
Rating Perceived Exertion in Occupational Therapy BORG Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) 6 7 Very, Very Light 8 9 Very Light 10 11 Fairly Light 12 13 Somewhat Hard 14 15 Hard 16 17 Very Hard 18 19 Very, Very Hard 20   Revised RPE (1-10) Scale 0 Rest 1 Really Easy 2 Easy 3 Moderate 4 Sort of Hard 5 Hard 6 7 Really hard 8 9 Really, Really, Hard 10 Maximal: Just like my hardest race
Introduction According to AOTA, "gardening is one of the most popular pastimes for Americans. Gardening can also be difficult for people with health conditions that limit movement (such as arthritis) or cause fatigue". Especially among older adults, gardening is a familiar...
Pusher Syndrome Occupational Therapy Intervention Main Symptoms Body is tilted toward the paretic side when sitting or standing. Active pushing with nonaffected extremities, resulting in leaning toward the hemiplegic side (and loss of balance). Resistance to any attempts to correct...
Definition of Hemorrhagic Conversion in Occupational Therapy An ischemic infarct converting into a hemorrhagic lesion. Prevalence and Cause Occurs in 10% of patients. More common in large infarcts. Ranges from minor bleeding to major hemorrhage. Thrombi can migrate, lyse, and re-perfuse...
Background This post contains a list of topics to cover when providing wheelchair education to family and caregivers. This checklist is intended to be comprehensive and not every item applies to the client's specific situation. Warning As always, follow manufacturer's guidelines and...
As an Amazon Affiliate, I may earn a commission on the purchases made through the links in this post. Introduction When occupational therapists work with their clients, they may be working with them at their lowest times. Many clients may be...