It has been over a year since the first COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the UK and the strain on patients’ health has brought the role of Occupational Therapy into the spotlight. As we are now becoming aware, this virus is leaving many people with ongoing and debilitating symptoms know as post-COVID-19 syndrome or ‘Long COVID-19’. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) lists a wide range of symptoms affecting most bodily systems. Most significantly for Occupational Therapists are the effects on patients’ respiratory symptoms and chronic fatigue. In this article, I will focus on the role of the Occupational Therapist in helping the client manage chronic fatigue.
This article was written for The OT Practice in January 2021 and was published on their website in the March. In it, I discuss ways Occupational Therapists can help their clients and patients suffering with Long Covid-19 fatigue. The emphasis is on a holistic and client centred approach, with rest, and ways to allow rest within daily life, being the fundamental basis for treatment.
Although aimed at health professionals, I think others will find it interesting reading too.
The link to the article is available here: