In today's society the elderly people we love have so much to worry about already with general health issues. If they suffer from and illness or a fall and could not complete their ADL's such as dressing and bathing who would they turn to for help?
The doctor might suggest they be seen by an OTR for Occupational therapy (OT). What if they were in need of some type of adaptive equipment to help them carry out their everyday tasks that we sometimes take for granted?
Most people do not realize that insurance will not pay for adaptive equipment or assistive devices for the bathroom such as tub benches, grab bars, long handled bath sponges.
I proud to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant Student and soon to be a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA). I want to share with you some of the adaptive equipment I and some of my classmates have made that might save you and your loved ones some money. The price of everything seems to be going up and you may not know how much adaptive equipment costs out of a catalog. If you were to compare and contrast some of the different devices you might order from a medical catalog you would see how costly these items can be. I will share with you a way that you can make your very own inexpensive adaptive equipment devices with everyday household items you might have laying around your home or could pick up at your local Dollar Store.
I HAVE PROVIDED YOU WITH A POWER POINT I CREATED ABOUT THE ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT THAT I PERSONALLY FABRICATED BELOW:
THE ADAPTIVE TOILET AIDE...
(enclosed you will find all the information needed to make it)
Adaptive Toilet Aide
Terms to better help you navigate this page :
ADL'S = activities of daily living: refers to basic needs a person does for themselves. Self-care from grooming and bathing to bowl and bladder management and feeding and walking.
Occupational Therapy= Is therapy that helps a person truly live their lives to the best of their ability providing therapeutic activities to help individuals accomplish their wants and needs after an illness of injury.
Adaptive Equipment= Are devices that an Occupational Therapist might suggest to help the patient with ADL's such as: dressing sticks, reachers, sock aides, long handled bath sponges and universal hand cuffs.
Occupational Therapist= OTR 's assess a patient and determines if they are capable of completing their daily tasks. They also supervise the occupational therpy assistant's
Occupational Therapy Assistant Student= Is someone studying to further their interest in OT and working toward an Associate's Degree to become a COTA.
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant= COTA is someone who had graduated from a board certified school and has an Associate's degree in OT. They are supervised by the OTR and provide direct care to patients through therapeutic activities.
This is some of our Adaptive Equipment Devices we fabricated if
you would like to see more check out Adaptive Equipment RSCC 210 board on Pintrest.