Occupational Therapy Perspectives of Caregiving

  • Janet L. Valluzzi
Part of the Caregiving: Research • Practice • Policy book series (CARE)


Occupational therapy (OT) skilled services focus on assisting all persons, groups, organizations, or populations to engage in everyday life activities, broadly described as “occupation.” OT skilled services are designed to help recipients perform to the best of their ability, using their environment to be able to do the things they need and want to do. With the occupational therapy practitioner’s help, the person in therapy identifies desired performance changes to support health, well-being, life satisfaction, and full participation in society (Law et al., Measuring occupational performance: Supporting best practice in occupational therapy, 2001). Services typically include customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities; comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations; sensory, cognitive, motor, or social performance skills assessments and treatment; adaptive equipment recommendations and training in use; and guidance to family and other informal caregivers (AOTA,, 2006c) . Many of these services are designed to help a person learn to self-manage his or her health condition or disability with support from informal and formal caregivers.


Family Caregiver Occupational Therapy Informal Caregiver Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Occupational Therapy Intervention 
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