Please call (314) 286-1669 Opt. #1 to schedule an appointment.
Aging and changes in health can impact our ability to perform day-to-day tasks including taking care of ourselves, taking care of our home, and our involvement in other activities that bring enjoyment and fulfillment to our life. When barriers arise that limit a person’s ability to do the things he/she needs and wants to do every day, occupational therapy (OT) is used to help identify ways to remain active at home and in the community.
Within Community Practice, which is a branch of the Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University, we provide OT services to evaluate your performance during normal daily activities, assess your home environment and your ability to participate in the community.
Our clinicians will work with you to determine what factors may be inhibiting your ability to complete daily activities, and will help identify ways for you to safely and independently do the things you want and need to do every day. We do this by adapting tasks and the environment around you so that you may perform activities more independently. Our interventions include:
- strategies to support your performance with self-care, household management, and leisure activities
- safety and fall prevention
- home exercise programs for maintaining physical function and general fitness
- recommendations and training on the correct use of durable medical equipment
- suggestions for resources in the community
- caregiver education and training.
We will also work with you to plan ahead and factor in future considerations for aging and health maintenance.
We believe in providing care in the environment that will best benefit you, so visits are offered in your home or in the clinic. In many cases, a variety of locations will be utilized to ensure that our services are both convenient, as well as comprehensive.
During your visit, we will:
- assess your current level of performance with self-care, home management tasks, and your participation in leisure activities to identify areas of difficulty
- discuss your personal goals for therapy
- educate you about potential concerns and/or areas of risk
- provide you with adaptive strategies and self-management techniques for maximizing your independence
- make recommendations for changes or help you develop new skills