OTs have the ability to conduct initial assessment visits and the start of care comprehension assessments on therapy-only patients. If a patient qualifies for occupational therapy services, the patient’s Medicare eligibility could be extended because the need for OT alone qualifies Medicare patients for continuation of the home health benefit and social services the patient needs.
Occupational therapy services also specifically help those with health conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, and cognitive and behavioral health conditions. In patients with diabetes, occupational therapists have been known to help with teaching about diabetes management and blood sugar monitoring as well as hygiene skills. Additionally, OT practitioners have helped patients with diabetes use compensatory strategies for vision, sensory, or motor loss. Patients with heart failure may require strategies for conserving energy and reducing the demands of activities while integrating appropriate physical activity.
There are a variety of ways in which occupational therapy can provide assistance to patients who require this additional service. If you know an occupational therapist/assistant, be sure to thank them today!