Occupational therapy is often a critical part of a person’s recovery after a brain injury. If your loved one sustained a brain injury in an accident, it is important to understand the benefits of occupational therapy and how to pay for it.
Occupational Therapy Benefits After a Brain Injury
Occupational therapy (OT), performed by or under the guidance of a licensed occupational therapist, helps a person work on activities of daily living. After a brain injury, an OT can evaluate a person and create a treatment plan. The individualized treatment plan will help the person maintain or improve activities of daily living that are realistic, given the extent of the person’s injury.
While every occupational therapy plan should be unique, some of the things that could be included are:
- Memory assistive devices such as daily planners, checklists, and alarms
- Developing consistent routines and schedules
- Recommending strategies to use at home such as labeling cabinets, posting routines, changing lighting, and teaching loved ones how to deal with moments of frustration and behavior changes
- Practicing different social situations
- Adapting bathing, grooming, eating, and other activities of daily living
- Helping to find a hobby or activity that is fulfilling and consistent with a person’s abilities
A combination of these strategies and additional interventions could significantly improve the quality of life for a person with a brain injury.
How to Pay for Occupational Therapy
Health insurance may cover some costs of occupational therapy. However, if your loved one needs occupational therapy because someone else’s negligence caused his brain injury, a brain injury accident lawsuit may help him pay for this expensive and long-term process. By pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of your loved one, you can help him pay for:
- All of the occupational therapy he needs even if it exceeds the maximum amount allowed by your insurance company
- The occupational therapist that is the best fit, even if that person does not take your insurance.
- Any recommendations for further services made by the occupational therapist or others.
Of course, occupational therapy may only be part of your loved one’s legal recovery. Contact an experienced Kentucky brain injury lawyer today to learn more about the benefits of pursuing a brain injury case and about how to build a strong brain injury case.