How an Occupational Therapist Can Help You Through Covid-19 Isolation

Has the COVID-19 pandemic left you with a sense of frustration with a loss normalcy and daily routine? Do you find yourself feeling sedentary and concerned about how to safely stay active?

Luckily, there is an easy resource you can access from the comfort of your home, AccessAnywhere, our new virtual online physical and occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy (OT) can help people manage effectively during this time of COVID-19 isolation.

OT can play a vital role in helping individuals improve their self-management skills during these unpredictable and unfamiliar times. Occupational therapy is in fact a “best-kept secret” of the medical field right now, as this skilled profession has training to help with many common challenges that occur when a person is confined to home. Read the list below and see if you might be interested in having assistance and support with the below items.

Examples of self-management skills OT can address

– Establishing healthy habits, roles, and routines.
– Strategies for increasing activity level to help improve muscles condition and immunity.
– Strategies for emotional wellbeing and stress management.
– Appropriate socialization.
– Finding online resources.

Other areas to consult an occupational therapist, which may be of special interest during the pandemic

– Understanding the functional impact and management of new medical issues that have occurred during time of isolation.
– Strategies to accomplish tasks despite physical limitations, especially now when in-person help is not readily available.

Occupational Therapists can also help people manage the conditions normally treated in the clinic such as:

– Hand and UE issues: Orthopedic and Neurological.
– Cognitive difficulties: Due to neurological injury.
– Visual difficulties/Low Vision: Due to eye disease or neurological injury.
– People with neurological disorders who are experiencing decreased functional abilities during isolation such as Parkinson’s, MS, and Stoke/TBI.

For those who have never thought about trying occupational therapy – now is really the perfect time to take advantage of this benefit which is covered by most insurances, especially now that it’s not possible to seek many types of medical care. Seeing a licensed occupational therapist via telehealth is easy, convenient and can help you tackle any of the listed items that are concerns for you or a family member.

You can contact Kim Downs at 203-748-5631 and she’d be happy to answer any questions you have or will help you determine if you would qualify for occupational therapy. Through the magic of telehealth, she can treat anyone living in the state of Connecticut who has access to a smartphone or computer. She looks forward to hearing from you.

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Kim Downs, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

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