Teletherapy and Virtual Treatments

COVID-19 has caused senior services throughout New York to close their doors leaving older adults homebound. Teletherapy and Virtual treatments help prevent weakness, memory haze, and social isolation!

New York’s Computer-based Geriatric Therapy during COVID-19 Quarantine

PROBLEM:  

The closing of senior programs and respite services due to COVID-19 have resulted in hundreds of seniors being homebound without physical activity and socialization. These two things  have been shown to lead to weakness, balance deficits, increased fallsincreased confusion and disorientation, depression, and lethargy

 

SOLUTION:  

Through Telehealth and virtual treatments (computer-based therapy) through Buffalo Occupational Therapy can help prevent these things from happening! It’s simple and effective! Skilled therapists can help  you and/or your loved one through guided physical activity, offer insightful conversation to meet psychosocial needs, give you printable content to keep your brain and memory sharp, and so much more!  

Teletherapy and Virtual Treatments

Do I qualify for virtual occupational therapy? 

  • Do you have Alzheimer’s or dementia? 
  • Are you experiencing early memory changes?
  • Do you worry about your strength and energy levels? 
  • Do you worry about your balance or falling? 
  • Do you live alone or with your family? 
  • Have you been homebound since COVID-19 began? 
  • Do you have a chronic illness like arthritis, COPD, diabetes or CHF?
  • Have a progressive diagnosis that requires constant physical activity and mental activity. 

How does teletherapy work?

  • Schedule an initial appointment by contacting us.
  • Determine your copay and payment obligation according to your health insurance or private pay.
  • We will send you documentation to complete and a list of the equipment you will need.
  • Initial evaluation will be conducted to determine your goals and treatment program.
  • Schedule your appointments for 6 weeks.
  • During your first teletherapy  treatment session, you will go over what to expect in the coming weeks and will be given a ‘homework assignment’ after each session. Your therapist will have access to the same tools on the list given to you when you first reached out to us.

*All evaluations and treatments are conducted by geriatric therapists with specific competencies in maintaining physical function and cognitive function despite their diagnosis.

What problems can we help in teletherapy?

  • Weakness and low energy 
  • Low stamina and endurance for activity (Get winded and tired easily) 
  • Poor balance or feeling more ‘shaky’ 
  • Forgetting more things or nervous about memory loss 
  • Decreased social participation and feelings of isolation causing heightened anxiety and decreased motivation
  • Client and caregiver education regarding activities to do in home if facing Alzheimer’s or other dementias
  • Caregiver and client guidance in completion of activities of daily living or instrumental activities of daily living
  • Assessments and recommendations for helpful adaptive equipment or simple home modifications 

Supplies and Equipment

What technology will I need?  

  • Computer with a camera, audio, and internet access. 
  • A quiet, private area where you can speak and work openly to your therapist
  • A printer to print handouts, worksheets, and/or homework
  • A way to keep track of your appointments for a 6-week timeframe. 

What therapy equipment will I need?  

  • 2# weighted ball (or any)
  • 3# hand weights (or any) (can use a can found in the cupboard)
  • light or medium resistance band 
  • Exercise bar (can use a cane, umbrella, pole)
  • A standard, sturdy chair with or without arms (no wheels)
  • Masking Tape 

***This list is ideal. Your therapist will have access to this list of equipment as well and it makes teletherapy more effective to have a plethora of tools! If you cannot purchase or get access to this equipment, your therapist is an expert in adapting and working with the weight and mechanics of your body to produce great results! 

Do you want to purchase the equipment your therapist uses?

Teletherapy Contact Form

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Why choose Buffalo Occupational Therapy?

Buffalo Occupational Therapy works with you one-on-one to create a treatment plan that will meet your needs, accomplish your desired outcomes, and restore your hope in recovery.          

Buffalo Occupational Therapy practitioners are committed to maintaining current competencies, meeting monthly continuing education goals,  and being well-versed in the latest evidence-based, research-driven treatment models in order to offer you the best treatment possible. 

Specialized occupational therapy practitioners are accessible to their patients, invested in producing treatment plans that will produce results, maximize time spent, and offer you hope for recovery. 

Buffalo Occupational Therapy is currently the first and only  Neuro-centered adult outpatient occupational therapy practice specializing in neurological rehabilitation, functional performance, and rehabilitation for older adults.       

Helpful Page Definititions

Muscle Imbalance

Your body is complex and should be working synergistically with all of its parts. When some muscles have become weaker while others remain strong, an imbalance occurs which causes decrease balance, standing tolerance, and joint stability. 

Visual Perception

We incorporate visual perceptual elements into many treatments to enhance perception, balance, safety, cognition, memory, recall and neural excitation. Some areas of visual perception include form constancy, visual discrimination, figure-ground perception, visual closure, visual memory, and visual sequential memory.

Neuromuscular Re-education

NMRE is used by neurocentric occupational therapists to improve communication between your muscular system and nervous system. By promoting this stream of communication, you close the circle of recovery. Without NMRE, you can have the biggest muscles in the world and still experience mobility deficits due to poor reaction time, coordination, and mixed signals. 

Comprehensive Evaluation

Occupational therapists treat the entire person. Much like your primary care physician, we were required to learn elements of the entire body so that we could treat holistically (a one stop shop). Because of this, your outpatient rehabilitation specialist will perform an evaluation that assesses the following things: 

  • Personal history
    • Who are you? What do you do? What makes you tick? Why are you seeking outpatient therapy?
  • Physical function (upper body and lower body)
    • Strength, range of motion, and flexibility 
  • Neuromuscular function (brain to muscle communication)
    • Coordination, speed, agility, and reaction time 
  • Cognitive and Mind health
    • Short term memory, recall, information processing, and perception of illness 
  • Occupational Inventory (Activity and role inventory)
    • Roles you play like a caregiver, spouse, parent, employee, etc. 
    • Mobility inventory like the places you need to go 
    • IADL inventory and what activities are required for you to be independent 
    • Other activities that are important to you

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