How can a therapist physically disabled help a patient to navigate the world around them? I was asked this question recently in an online support group for people with disabilities. The leader of the group, who is visually impaired, has herself been physically disabled most of her life. She responded, “I can still do some things, but not many. If I have somebody give me a hand, I can sometimes get something done.”
That’s an accurate assessment. There are times when a therapist may be completely disabled to the point that only the use of crutches or a walker is sufficient for their activities. A physically disabled person needs help with daily personal hygiene and basic life tasks. A therapist’s services must be scheduled and paid for accordingly.
Unfortunately, it is not always easy for physically challenged clients to keep appointments. Some clients may have long hours during the day. If those hours overlap, the therapist may have trouble keeping the appointment. In addition, some physical therapists are just unable to make time for their own appointments. Therefore, the therapist ends up juggling between several clients, which results in less time for each of those clients.
Can a therapist hug a patient? That’s a question that frequently comes up in my office. Unfortunately, the therapist does not always know how to react when faced with this situation. One therapist who was formerly in the nursing field, is still physically disabled. She has learned to develop a plan for managing her day so that she never misses an appointment. Other physically handicapped clients are able to call and schedule appointments on their own.
Some therapists have the skills to understand how difficult some of the activities of daily living are for a physically disabled client. They can ask questions that make it easier for the client to live his or her life. A physically disabled individual may be confused about how he or she should use a bathroom. The therapist can teach the patient how to use the bathroom with comfort and without requiring the assistance of another person.
How many times does a therapist physically handicapped clients receive one-on-one therapy? Most physical therapists have a variety of patients they attend to throughout the day. If a therapist can’t make all of the appointments for one particular group of physically handicapped clients, it is important for him or her to prioritize who needs the most help. Prioritizing patients with different needs makes it easier for the therapist to ensure that each patient gets the attention and treatment that he or she deserves.
What are some common problems that occur with physically handicapped clients? One of the most common issues is that the client is having difficulty getting around the office or home. It can be extremely frustrating for a physically challenged person to have trouble moving from one part of the house to another. Other physical problems include sensory processing disorder, such as the ability to hear or see things that others cannot. There are many other sensory processing disorders that may occur, which means that there may be an added need for the services of a therapist for physically handicapped clients.
Can a therapist hug a patient and help the patient? Yes, a therapist can help a physically handicapped individual feel more comfortable in his or her surroundings. Although sometimes uncomfortable, it is important for physically handicapped individuals to understand their environment and be able to adapt when others are uncomfortable. When the therapist understands the needs of his or her patient, he or she can make the client feel more independent.