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1 Katie Schweitzer, OTR/L Occupational Therapist University of Rochester Medical Center October 9, 2010

2 Define energy conservation Understand why energy conservation is so important for you Learn the basic rules of energy conservation Describe ways to incorporate energy conservation into your daily activities Identify how/where you can receive additional information and assistance with learning about and understanding energy conservation

3 Exactly what it says…conserving energy Utilizing your allowable energy in a way that maintains a functional level of activity in your life

4 Symptoms such as fatigue and pain make each activity performed more difficult Struggling with activities requires more energy used by your body throughout the day Fatigue can lead to flare-up Fatigue can enhance pain and stiffness

5 A method to help you avoid fatigue and pain Helps you achieve a balance between work and rest Will improve your functional endurance and allow you to do more

6 To allow you to do as much or more activity with less pain and fatigue

7 It means that you need to complete your daily activities in a different way or method…using the least amount of energy as possible

8 This does NOT mean that you should Stay in bed Rest all day Avoid activities that you enjoy

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10 1. Avoid too much or too little activity Balance work, rest and play Different for everyone

11 1. Avoid too much or too little activity Balance work, rest and play Different for everyone 2. Avoid rushing…pace yourself Dont short change your time Plan for adequate, if not more time than anticipated to complete activities

12 1. Avoid too much or too little activity Balance work, rest and play Different for everyone 2. Avoid rushing…pace yourself Dont short change your time Plan for adequate, if not more time than anticipated to complete activities 3. Take frequent short rest breaks Rest breaks can vary from 30 seconds to 30 minutes and more!

13 4. Prioritize activities Ask yourself what really needs to get done today?

14 4. Prioritize activities Ask yourself what really needs to get done today? 5. Plan/Prepare/Organize activities Plan ahead and anticipate outcomes Schedule activities in advance Prepare for all activities gather all baking items before beginning baking Organize activities to better accommodate your needs Keep cupboards/closets neat

15 6. Use adaptive equipment Automatic jar/can opener Large grip utensils

16 6. Use adaptive equipment Automatic jar/can opener Large grip utensils 7. Use proper body mechanics Use your legs Use larger body parts Sit dont stand

17 6. Use adaptive equipment Automatic jar/can opener Large grip utensils 7. Use proper body mechanics Use your legs Use larger body parts Sit dont stand 8. Delegate difficult tasks Do you have to clean the tub?

18 Schedule appointments near each other Plan errands by location Make and keep lists Plan difficult tasks at good times of the day Keep heavier dishes on low shelves Keep regularly used dishes easily accessible Use both hands to lift objects Slide items along countertops Sit to prepare meals

19 All of these changes may seem small and insignificant, however when you combine all the little bits of energy saved throughout the day, this becomes a significant amount of precious energy and reduced pain and fatigue.

20 Take a minute…

21 Energy is like money…you only have so much, so think about what you want to spend it on!!!

22 Occupational Therapy Learn more methods, practices and tips Experience and utilize adaptive equipment designed to conserve energy Located at Clinton Crossings Building D Ask for prescription from you physician Call # For appointment With further questions

23 Any questions??

24 Thank You!


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