To understand the extensive potential of telehealth and occupational therapy, it's important to understand exactly who uses the therapy, how it's delivered and why.
First, occupational therapy is helpful for people of all ages: Elderly patients recovering from strokes can use this form of therapy to improve range of motion and learn how to use the equipment needed to perform everyday activities. Teenagers with ADHD can tap occupational therapy to improve impulse control, time management and attention. Adults can engage with an occupational therapist to recover from an injury and return to work.
Occupational therapy services are offered anywhere from pediatric private practices to schools, hospitals and even the workplace. Telehealth occupational therapy can help overcome challenges such as relocation (of either patient or practitioner) or a shortage of professionals. Patients can also benefit from engaging in the therapeutic process in their own environment.
Telehealth occupational therapy also has benefits for the therapists themselves, including location independence, decreased overhead and improved patient communication.