Occupational Therapy Client Analysis Essay

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Occupational Therapy takes a client-centered approach to each individual and unique client. This client is Martha. She is 78. She was admitted to the hospital after suffering a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke. It began when she experienced a choking episode and weakness in her right side. The CVA resulted in right hemiplegia and aphasia. Martha has partial paralysis in the right half of her body and cannot verbally communicate. Her primary role is a homemaker. She graduated with a high school education but never pursued a profession. She is the wife of a healthy and supportive 80 year old man. He intends to care for her at home with private assistance. Some of Martha’s meaningful occupations are playing games such as bingo, …show more content…
Martha is currently completely dependent in all homemaking activities. Achieving these goals would allow her to participate in some of the activities she used to do around the house, and restore her sense of competence as a contributor to the upkeep of the house. Increased mobility and improved planning skills would also help her to return to her loved leisure activities. When gardening, a lot of upper body movement is involved, and one has to be aware of themselves, their use of potentially injurious tools, and the processes of keeping a garden. Games such as bridge and solitaire require sequencing and planned movements. In order to return to these meaningful occupations, Martha’s intervention plan must have personalized and realistic goals. In order to further personalize Martha’s intervention plan to be safe and effective, the Occupational Therapist would need to find out further information. Their first priority could be to better understand the circumstances and limitations of her fractured humerus. This information could be acquired by looking through Martha’s medical records, consulting with her doctor, speaking with her husband, and communicating with Martha as much as possible. This information would help the Occupational Therapist develop mobility exercises, delineating clear guidelines of

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