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Occupational Therapy’s Role In Home Health

Occupational therapy is an important part of any home health agency’s spectrum of care. Occupational therapy practitioners can have many roles in improving efficiency, implementing new administrative requirements, and optimizing outcomes for patients. Some patients have the potential to regain skills affected by their conditions. Other patients need strategies to prevent further loss of abilities. Regardless of specific diagnosis or condition, occupational therapy practitioners offer strategies for their patients to manage daily activities while reducing the risk of injury or further decline. Occupational therapy practitioners find the right fit between patients’ abilities, needed and desired activities, and their home environment
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Surrogate Decision Making in Elder Care

Your elderly father has cardiovascular disease and has trouble getting around on his own. He sometimes needs help with cleaning, eating and dressing himself. A recent visit to his doctor resulted in a diagnosis of stage IV bladder cancer. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the tumor as well as chemotherapy. Surgery and chemo present foreseeable problems for your father and chances of him living longer than six months are slim, even with the treatment. While it is already painful to watch your father succumb to the cardiovascular disease, treating the cancer would drag him down to an all-time low.
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