DISCUSSION RESPONSE 1
Indeed, occupational therapy assessment should focus on whether Ms.Hamel can perform ADLs. The physical demands of such practices willhelp to measure her level of functional competence (Dean &Dornelas De Andrade, 2009). Hence, the OT practitioner would identifyMr. Hamel’s deficits and propose activities befitting her physicalstate (Dean & Dornelas De Andrade, 2009). For older persons,rehabilitation is customarily geared towards enhancing theirfunctional capacities. In this regard, Ms. Hamel should focus onperforming some activities regardless of her restricted mobility(Dean & Dornelas De Andrade, 2009). Nevertheless, it is essentialfor an occupational therapist to consider the risks,contraindications, and side effects of each intervention. Thesix-point system should be used to analyze various factors includingmedication and lifestyle (Dean & Dornelas De Andrade, 2009).Furthermore, her patient chart must be reviewed to identify anyprecautions established by the previous physician. In many instances,the occupational therapy assistant is used to assess the client anddetermine possible interventions. Daily notes on the patient mustalso be reviewed to evaluate Ms. Hamel’s progress.
I agree with the claim that Mr. Fedricks’ vision problems could bedue to diabetes. In fact, the disease damages blood vessels in theretina and causes color discrimination and reduced contrastsensitivity (Hooper, 2009). Notwithstanding, the occupationaltherapist can address such deficits by educating Mr. Fedricks onvision substitution techniques. Other important factors includeenvironmental modifications and community resources (Hooper, 2009).Additionally, Mr. Fedricks should be trained on how to use variousoptical devices during ADLs. Consequently, the patient willexperience an improved quality of life. Mr. Fedricks would alsoperform more tasks while reducing his level of frustration (Hooper,2009). The incidence of both vision and hearing loss may force theclient to avoid participating in activities that cause increasedstress. Therefore, the occupational therapist must proposeinterventions that will address Mr. Fedricks’ physical challengesand build his self-esteem.
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