Therapy for people who are actively undergoing cancer treatments and for cancer survivors requires a holistic and systematic approach. Occupational therapists can help cancer patients and survivors with a variety of the education and training needed to improve their ability to perform the activities of daily living (ADL). By studying how individuals interact with their day-to-day surroundings, occupational therapists can help cancer survivors adapt or address physical limitations resulting from treatment.
Occupational therapy can assist patients with the following:
- Energy conservation techniques and education to help manage cancer-related fatigue.
- Problems with self-care activities such as eating, dressing, grooming, bathing or cooking.
- Equipment needs: Occupational Therapy determines whether a cancer survivor needs adaptive equipment, such as bathroom equipment (commode, shower/tub bench), or assistive devices (reacher or sock aid, etc).
- Splinting to improve positioning, and pain relief.
- Physical abilities: can help improve coordination, dexterity, range of motion, and strength in the upper extremities so that a cancer survivor can better pursue daily activities and leisure activities.
To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please call 310-423-2111.