OccupationalTherapy.com Phone: 866-782-9924


What Is The Occupational Therapy Role In End Of Life Care?

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L

March 21, 2016

Share:

Question

What is the occupational therapy role in end of life care?

Answer

Unfortunately, the reality is that there are not many occupational therapists really across the country working in hospice. Hopefully we will see this change. As the Affordable Care Act continues to have an impact, I think it will open many doors for us to be a part of that team and focus on quality of life to decrease healthcare costs. Typically once the person is transferred to hospice, they usually say, “OT, we don’t need you anymore." We really have to market our services and advocate for our expertise with pressure care, pain management, functional mobility, adaptive equipment, etc. It is also important to have research to back that up. Perhaps we are not in there every week, but OT could be involved in the end of life care at a consulting level. 

With regards to transitioning to a career of OT in hospice, I think there are a couple of great ways to do this. First, if you can get into a home health agency that has a hospice side and if you can just go ahead and market yourself there. make a big impact of you’re an OT. You’re doing a great impact and then say, “I like to do a pilot program and continue to work with my client that was discharged from OT and moved into hospice.” Do some research and then bring it back to your executive director say, “Here’s what the outcomes were. Let’s go with another patient.” I think it is a wonderful opportunity to do research or connect to a university. I would be happy to talk with you more. 


heather javaherian dysinger

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L

Heather Javaherian is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Loma Linda University. She graduated with her doctorate from Creighton University in 2004. Her research and practice areas include domestic violence, end of life care, primary care, and education. Dr. Javaherian provides pro bono services and supervises Level I and II students in domestic violence settings. She is co-founder of Roots Down, Inc, a non-profit for survivors of domestic violence. Dr. Javaherian has presented at regional, state, and national levels on domestic violence and has authored several publications in this area. She has served the profession at the national level in the Education SIS and at the state levels as a regional director in Ohio and now is on the Executive Board for the Occupational Therapy Association of California. In April 2019, Dr. Javaherian was named to the Roster of Fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association. 


Related Courses

Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Occupational Justice and Practice
Presented by Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Heather Javaherian-Dysinger, OTD, OTR/L
Course: #4894Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Presenter was very knowledgeable, and the slides were informative and helpful'   Read Reviews
Intimate partner violence is a justice issue that impacts occupational participation and the health of individuals, families, and communities. This course will focus on understanding the role of occupational therapy in this area and issues of occupational justice.

Electrical Stimulation for Recovery of Function in Neurorehabilitation
Presented by Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM, CKTP
Video

Presenter

Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM, CKTP
Course: #3840Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'The manner in which the information was delivered was easy to understand and well-organized'   Read Reviews
This course will describe the different mechanisms of action for electrical stimulation to restore function in patients with neurological dysfunction. Using case studies and best evidence, participants will learn how to design and execute interventions with electrical stimulation useful in neurorehabiliation.

Joint Hypermobility Syndromes: Assessment and Intervention
Presented by Valeri Calhoun, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Video

Presenter

Valeri Calhoun, MS, OTR/L, CHT
Course: #5376Level: Intermediate1 Hour
  'Speaker was easy to listen to and had good examples'   Read Reviews
This course will cover upper extremity assessment and treatment strategies for the pediatric/young adult population affected by joint hypermobility syndromes. The treatment focuses on both orthopedic strategies along with adaptive methods for these individuals.

Disability Inclusion: What Healthcare Providers Need To Know
Presented by Kathryn Sorensen, OTD, OTR/L, ADAC
Video

Presenter

Kathryn Sorensen, OTD, OTR/L, ADAC
Course: #5632Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'Person WITH a disability speaking about disabilities!'   Read Reviews
As a person with a disability and an occupational therapist, I have a unique perspective of living in two worlds. In this course, I will share my personal experience and things I wish healthcare providers knew and understood about living with a disability.

Recommendations For Preventing And Managing Mechanical Low Back Pain With Occupational Therapy Clients
Presented by Lisa Juckett, MOT, OTR/L
Video

Presenter

Lisa Juckett, MOT, OTR/L
Course: #3585Level: Introductory1 Hour
  'The explanation of the anatomy involved with body mechanics principles'   Read Reviews
This course will review neuromusculoskeletal anatomy of the spinal column with a specific emphasis on the lumbar spine region. Screening, evaluation, and intervention techniques for managing low back pain will be provided as will recommendations for activity modification and injury prevention.

Our site uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you agree to our Privacy Policy.