Nobody knows what’s waiting for us around the corner and there is only so much that we can do to protect ourselves from what lies ahead. There are many situations in which you could become ill or you might be involved in an accident, and as well as needing a doctor and possibly a surgeon, you’re going to need the services of an occupational therapist. You might be lucky enough to be able to just walk away from an accident with minor scratches, and the illness might just disappear as quickly as it arrived. However, the reality of the situation is that there are countless thousands of people all across Australia who have suffered from a serious accident or illness and they are finding it difficult to make it back to normal life.
Many people have had to turn to a Central Coast occupational therapist to literally get them back on their feet and back to living again. In order to understand what an occupational therapist actually does, you need to be able to appreciate the benefits of having one.
- The prevention of extended hospital stays – After a particularly serious accident or illness, many people have been stuck in a hospital bed for long periods of time. This means that they will experience some difficulties with their balance and posture due to their muscles losing their strength. This lack of strength may lead to repeated injuries, and so it is your occupational therapist’s job to make sure that you are strong enough, so that you don’t have to return to the hospital because you have fallen over and sprained or fractured a bone.
- You regain your independence – Depending on the seriousness of your hospital stay, you may lose the ability to do normal things like walking and taking care of yourself. This is why you need an occupational therapist to provide the essential therapy that you need to get you back on your feet, and taking care of yourself again. People who suffer from particular things like strokes, find it really hard to function by themselves again.
- Help returning to employment – It’s important that you can get yourself back to work as soon as possible and your occupational therapist will help you with that. When people can’t get back to work, they tend to suffer from things like depression and anxiety.
The purpose of a visit to an occupational therapist is not only to help you recover from illness or an accident, but they are also there to help prevent complications that will lead you to the hospital in the first place.