by Dr. Bryan Weinstein, D.O.
Many people define themselves by what they do for a living. I am a physician, writer, construction worker, therapist etc. While this may not be the most psychologically healthy approach to self-identification, it is a fact of life. When an individual sustains a traumatic brain injury or other health-related, extended absence from work - time may not heal all wounds.
In fact, over 50% of people with a traumatic brain injury can’t return to work within one year of being injured and 20% with a “mild” TBI remain unemployed or are only sporadically employed. For others with a disability or who have been injured on the job, only 70% are capable of returning to work within one year. Injuries, illnesses and how individuals respond to them vary greatly – therefore, the following behavioral tips are designed to make returning to work an easier proposition. (While these tips are meant for people with a traumatic brain injury, they just as easily apply to anyone returning to work after an extended, health-related absence.)
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Home ot evaluations @ lsv
After sustaining a traumatic brain injury, living in and navigating within your home can become substantially more challenging. That’s why many physicians script for a home OT evaluation from Life Skills Village. This is done to assess the need for home modifications as well as strategies and therapies designed to maximize safety, participation in the Activities of Daily Living…and fulfillment in life!
During the evaluation process, the occupational therapists concentrates on barriers to performing the basic Activities of Daily Living (i.e. bathing, dressing, other self-care activities) as well as the Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (i.e. meal preparation, clothing care and home chores) and home navigation. Life Skills Village occupational therapists also take into account recreational activities to promote quality of life – developing hobbies, identifying opportunities for socialization, community mobility and therapy to improve your functional independence.
Impairments with balance, strength, coordination, vision, communication, cognitive functioning and behavior are some of the performance components that may require attendant care, home modifications, implementation of adaptive equipment and/or therapy for functional/cognitive/behavioral deficits. Identification of these and other potential hurdles that may arise are crucial to recovery following a traumatic brain injury.
Life Skills Village occupational therapists also, “Acknowledge the influence of cultural, personal, temporal, virtual, physical, and social–contextual factors on occupations and activities. Environmental factors that support or inhibit occupational performance of individuals with a TBI are identified throughout the evaluation and intervention process.”
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