It’s no secret that getting older can come with new challenges. For many seniors, the aging process can make everyday tasks more difficult. Things like cooking, cleaning, and even getting dressed can become obstacles.
Occupational therapy services help people regain their independence by teaching them new ways to do everyday tasks. It can be a vital resource for seniors who want to age in place. At Buckner Villas, we offer a wide range of senior living services to help our residents stay happy and healthy. Our occupational therapy program provides our residents with the skills they need to live as independently as possible. No matter which level of care they need—independent living, assisted living, or memory care—our staff provides compassionate support to help them through the day. Call 844.960.5295 or contact us online to learn more.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
People in occupational therapy do not just learn tasks related to a job. They learn everyday skills like cooking, cleaning, and getting dressed. They also work on cognitive skills like memory and problem-solving. By teaching new ways to do these things, occupational therapists can help people regain their independence.
Many seniors want to maintain independence for as long as possible, which can promote their dignity and purpose. Occupational therapy can help make this possible. It gives seniors the skills they need to live as independently and safely as possible.
Why Do Seniors Need Occupational Therapy Services?
As people age, their bodies change, and they may not be able to do the things they could once do with ease. Many seniors find that they need help with things like cooking, cleaning, and even getting dressed. An occupational therapist can teach them new ways to do these tasks so that they can age in place.
Types of Occupational Therapy for Seniors
There are many different types of occupational therapy for seniors. Some common types of therapy include:
- Adaptive equipment training – This type of therapy teaches seniors how to use adaptive equipment so that they can continue to live independently.
- Home safety assessments – An occupational therapist will come to your home and assess any potential safety hazards. They will then give you recommendations on how to make your home safer.
- Fall prevention – Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in seniors. An occupational therapist can teach you exercises to improve your balance and prevent falls.
- Cognitive rehabilitation – This type of therapy helps improve cognitive skills like memory, attention, and problem-solving. It can be beneficial for seniors with conditions like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
- Fine motor skills training – Fine motor skills are the small movements people use when they write or pick up a small object. As people age, their fine motor skills often decrease. An occupational therapist can help improve your fine motor skills through exercises and activities designed specifically for you.
- Energy conservation training – This type of therapy teaches you how to conserve your energy so that you can still do the things you enjoy without becoming exhausted too easily.
- User-friendly technology training – Many seniors find that they need help learning how to use new technology like computers, smartphones, and tablets. An occupational therapist can teach you how to use these devices so that you can stay connected with family and friends.
Maintain Independence at Buckner Villas
An occupational therapy program in a senior living community can be a great resource for seniors who want to remain independent as they age. If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about what an occupational therapy program could do for you, contact Buckner Villas today. We would be happy to answer any questions about our services. Call 844.960.5295 or contact us online to learn more.