Occupational therapists work with older people with a wide variety of disabilities resulting from disease, injury and age related changes including vision and hearing, balance, co-ordination, memory and confusion.
Occupational therapists can help older people to maintain participation in the occupations of everyday life by working with them to:
- Prevent falls
- Achieve a safer, more accessible home that enables participation in everyday life
- Mobilize safely using appropriate devices where necessary
- Plan for the change of life role that comes with retirement
- Provide education and strategies to cope with age specific illnesses e.g. dementia