The role of an occupational therapist after a stroke.

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The purpose of this report is to explain how occupational therapy can help regain abilities, learn new skills and cope with any remaining disabilities after a stroke.


Occupational therapy is an important part of recovery and rehabilitation. It involves relearning everyday activities (occupations) enable to lead a full and independent life. It helps regain the skills. It may be that patient need to regain the ability to do day-to-day tasks such as getting out of bed, washing or making a hot drink. Perhaps would like to continue with a hobby that they had before the stroke such as painting or playing a musical instrument. If they worked before the stroke, occupational therapy can help them return to employment.

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Occupational therapists often work with other members of the stroke team such as: physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, doctors, nurse and social workers.

How can an occupational therapist help?

. An occupational therapist will help a stroke patient with daily acts of independence, like learning again how to wash, get dressed, and brush their teeth. Occupational therapy focuses on two main things: restoring independence and quality of life.

Key areas occupational therapists focus on:

Early therapy. Occupational therapy usually begins right after the stroke, while the patient is still in the hospital. Therapist helping them to cope with the fact that ...

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