What types of daily living aids will an Occupational Therapist recommend?
An Occupational Therapist is trained in assessing physical and psychological conditions in patients. They achieve this through observation, liaising with the client and/or their family and/or other healthcare professionals, activity analysis and by using other skills. Once the occupational therapist (OT) identifies where the issue lies – the OT may work with the person in regaining the function and to restore their engagement in the occupation to full capacity. There may be a requirement to use a daily living aid to assist the person in achieving their goals.
With constant research and development of new products, there is an ever-growing list of products that can help people regain function in an activity they want to engage in. These aids can help all ages from children to older adults. Below are some daily living aids that an OT may advise a client to get:
- Dressing aids – sock aids, shoehorn, dressing stick
- Washing/personal care aids – long handled brushes, combs, sponges, scissors
- Reading aids – magnifying aids, page holders, book stands
- Writing aids – grips, assistive technology, large
- Weighted/large grip cutlery
- Gardening aids
- Grip aids
- Toileting and bathing aids – raised toilet seats, shower chairs
- Sensory equipment – sensory toys, sensory armchair covers, sensory cushions, LED lights softened by sheer fabric, hand-held colour-changing light.
- Assistive technology – Screen readers, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, amplified telephone equipment, speech generating devices.
Daily living aids are a fantastic option to help improve, restore or maintain function in your normal everyday activities. If you would like more information or guidance – contact your local OT and book an assessment.