What to Occupational Therapists need to learn about vision and hearing loss?
What is it about?
Traditionally, the rehabilitation of vision and hearing loss are in the professional scope of eye- and ear-care professionals. With the aging of the population and the development of more complex patient profiles, it becomes clear that vision and hearing abilities of clients can often interfere with the provision of other care. Occupational therapists are ideally suited to identify sensory impairments in their elderly clients but it is unclear whether their current training to do so is sufficient.
Why is it important?
If communication with a patient fails because the health professional has failed to identify that vision and /or hearing are impaired in their client, patient care can be severely compromised. Therefore, it is the responsibility of rehabilitation professionals, such as occupational therapists, to be sufficiently sensitized to consider whether a patient may have a sensory loss.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Walter Wittich