Therapist providing treatment:
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States (https://www.strokeassociation.org). In the St. Louis metro region, strokes are among the top five causes of inpatient hospitalization for adults (Ku, L., Regenstein, M., Shin, P., Mead, H., Levy, A., Buchanan, K., & Byrne, F. (2012). Coordinating and Integrating Care for Safety Net Patients: Lessons From Six Communities. The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, 49-54).
A stroke can result in weakness on one side of the body, a decline in cognitive and emotional function, inability to walk and care for oneself and a decrease in social and community participation. These problems can prevent a person with a stroke from independently performing their daily activities related to work, school, parenting or leisure. This can also affect roles and relationships with family members and loved ones.
Occupational therapy can help individuals who have experienced stroke to achieve satisfaction with life, health, personal well-being and participation in life. Occupational therapists collaborate with individuals, families, and caregivers to determine what activities are necessary and meaningful, and then address the person, the environment in which they need to function and the occupations they need or want to perform.
Post-stroke occupational therapy services may include:
- Self-care skills
- Community reintegration
- Work/school modifications
- Leisure adaptation
- Coping strategies
- Healthy lifestyle habits and routines to prevent secondary stroke
- Sexual intimacy strategies
- Home modifications
- Assistive technology
- Community mobility and driving
- Caregiver education and training