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Role of Occupational Therapy in SNFs Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

The Role of Occupational Therapy in SNFs

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

The Role Of Occupa­tional Therapy in SNFs

Occupa­tional therapy practi­tioners focus on “achieving health, well-b­eing, and partic­ipation in life through engagement in occupa­tion” (American Occupa­tional Therapy Associ­ation, 2014, p. S4). In SNFs, they address training in self-care skills; training in the use of adaptive equipment, compen­satory techni­ques, and enviro­nmental modifi­cat­ions; and behavioral and mental health issues.

OT Interv­ention in Short-term SNF

Remediating instru­mental activities of daily living (IADLs) related to the patient’s discharge enviro­nment,
such as preparing a meal or managing one’s home or finances
Training in functional mobility, such as how to prepare a meal while using an ambulatory device
Preparing the client and family for community reinte­gration (as approp­riate for the client’s discharge site) with activities such as public dining or emergency response management
Assessing the need for and recomm­ending potential home modifi­cations and safety equipment to reduce barriers and promote safe functi­oning upon discharge
Exploring adapta­tions and compen­satory strategies for return to volunteer or paid employment
Assessing current leisure skills to determine whether modifi­cations are needed to continue partic­ipation and/or assisting with exploring new leisure pursuits

Occupa­tional Therapy for LTC-SNF residents

Teaching functional mobility, including using an ambulatory device and/or transfers to different surfaces, such as a bed, chair, toilet, or shower in order to perform self-care and personal tasks; and training in wheel-­chair mobility and safety approp­riate for the resident’s level of cognition and perception
Remediating or enhancing IADLs, such as ability to use the telephone or the emergency staff call system
Teaching residents with cognitive and perceptual deficits in compen­satory techniques to maximize abilities in areas such as attention span, orient­ation, sequen­cing, and/or memory
Teaching residents with low vision how to maximize their remaining vision and enhance safety through compen­satory techni­ques, enviro­nmental modifi­cat­ions, assistive techno­logy, and adaptive equipment



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