Occupational Therapy Practice With Terminally Ill Chinese Older Adults in Singapore: A Qualitative Exploratory Study

Focusing on occupational therapy practices in palliative care for Chinese older adults in Singapore, this study aims to understand how occupational therapists perceive the occupations of terminally ill individuals and their caregivers.  The findings revealed five themes: the relevance of independence, the significance of family involvement, the importance of contributing to others’ lives, understanding client respect, and a unique approach to engagement.  How can occupational therapists tailor their practices to better suit the needs of clients and families in a family-centric society?  How important is facilitating interdependence, engaging in meaningful activities, and focusing on the ‘being’ aspect of occupation?  Find out.


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