Friday, April 8, 2011
The Occupational Therapist sat down with Dad and asked him about his job duties and responsibilities, his daily grooming abilities, his leisure time pursuits and the overall layout of the house. He also asked Dad about his vision, speech, memory and how Dad goes about organizing himself each day. Then the therapist conducted some more concrete assessments to create a baseline to measure progress against.
Dad had to do the standard vision test (Ironically he has better vision out of his right eye, the one he closes most of the time). He also had to stand one foot in front of a board with lights on it (see picture above). Dad had to find the light that was on and push it off, then find the next and push it off, etc. He had 60 seconds to find and turn off as many as he could. This measured his reaction time as well as his ability to see in each visual field. Dad's visual ability and reaction time was the weakest in the bottom right. Which we could have predicted, since every time Dad has tripped over something it has been on the right side.
Dad did many other assessments regarding verbal and visual memory, coordination and strength. He also made Dad start from 100 and subtract by 7's. This must be something these therapist are all taught in school, since the one in the hospital asked Dad to do the same thing. Dad just said, "I knew I should have memorized that."