As occupational therapists, we frequently come across people who have become so accustomed to how they’ve always done things that they don’t recognize when their methods no longer match their abilities. Or even worse, those methods have become hazardous and unsafe.
Something as simple as getting your clothing out of the dresser, or pulling your favorite pot or pan out of the cabinet, can be dangerous if you no longer have the balance or strength you once did. An occupational therapist can help you with rearranging items in your home in order to place the most frequently used items in easier to reach spaces. It may be difficult to change something that’s been in place for years, or even decades, however, this small adjustment could prevent an injury that could take you away from your home for a period of time.
As you go through your daily routine and move about your home, take pause to consider if how you’re doing things could be a potential safety concern. Call us to schedule an appointment for an OT to come to your home and evaluate your setup, helping prevent a fall or injury.