Occupational Therapy Specialist

Life Home Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Livingston, NJ

Occupational therapy offers hope of independence and a better quality of life for patients with pain and loss of function. Based in Livingston, New Jersey, Elizabeth Lee, PT, DPT, and Noel Punzalan PT and the team at Life Home Therapy provide home visits to patients across Essex County, Morris County, Union County, Somerset County, and Passaic County who need occupational therapy services. To benefit from their expertise, call Life Home Therapy today to schedule a home visit or book an appointment online.

 Occupational Therapy Q & A

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy focuses on the functions of daily living and helping you improve your ability to perform everyday tasks such as:

  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Grooming
  • Meal preparation
  • Toileting
  • Managing stairs
  • Getting in and out of bed

Tasks like these that once came easily can become far more challenging for older patients. They can also be a problem for anyone with a disability or a chronic health condition like arthritis.

Occupational therapy is a highly effective way of improving your practical skills so you can do more and retain your independence. It also plays a vital role in suggesting different approaches to tasks that help you avoid pain.

What does in-home occupational therapy involve?

Dr. Lee and Dr. Punzalan and the team critically assess the tasks you need to do, your occupations and pastimes, and your living environment. This enables them to create a customized therapy plan that helps you achieve your goals.

Life Home Therapy's in-home occupational therapy service includes comprehensive evaluations of your home to help you adapt to your situation. To ensure your well-being, they conduct a risk assessment for falls and other possible dangers in your environment and recommend changes you can make to improve safety.

Your therapist can also advise you on any assistive equipment that would help, train you in its use, and offer guidance for caregivers, home health aides, and family members. Occupational therapy is invaluable in reducing caregiver stress, supervising medication management, and overcoming dementia-related limitations.

How would I benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is less familiar to many people than physical therapy, and its benefits are often underappreciated. However, a skilled occupational therapist can make a significant difference to your quality of life as well as help you manage pain and loss of function.

The specific techniques your occupational therapist uses vary according to the cause of your problems, the type of disabilities it causes, and what you wish to achieve. But examples include learning alternative ways to perform tasks like putting on socks or shoes, picking things up using assistive devices, and unscrewing lids from jars.

These might seem like small matters, but when you have difficulties with everyday activities like these it can be exhausting, painful, and lead to low self-esteem. Learning to manage these tasks without pain or intense effort is liberating and gives your self-esteem a much-needed boost.

If you want to find out how occupational therapy can help with your specific problems, call Life Home Therapy today or book an appointment online.