Telehealth Toolkit for Occupational Therapists (2020): 50+ Tools Worth a Try!

Looking for a telehealth toolkit for Occupational Therapists? Then this post has you covered.  

In it, we feature more than 50+ tools, resources and equipment that you can use with your clients. In case you're not sure what telehealth is, then check out this post to learn more about it. 

In this post, we’ve divided the list of activities between the following areas:

Feel free to use the table of contents above to skip to a specific section to view the list of recommended equipment and tools that you can use to help your clients improve in for a specific area.

Now, let's dive off info the post.

Fine Motor Skills

Helping your clients improve their fine motor skills is an essential area of Occupational Therapy.  These are skills that will help your patients gain the ability to pinch, grasp, hold and pick up small items.  

To get the ball rolling with this toolkit, here is a list of equipment that we recommend that you use to help your patients improve fine motor skills:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Pegboard #2 (small)

Fine Motor Skills

Pegboard #3

Fine Motor Skills

Pegboard (large)

Fine Motor Skills

Pegboard (small)

Fine Motor Skills

Strength and Endurance

Strength and endurance training in occupational therapy helps clients with building upper body muscles needed for daily living tasks

Here's a list of equipment and resources that we recommend for improving strength and endurance in your clients:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Weighted bar/cane

Strength/Endurance

Table top exercise bike #1

Strength/Endurance

Floor Exercise bike #2

Strength/Endurance

Floor Exercise bike #1

Strength/Endurance

Barbell hand weights

Strength/Endurance

Arm Skate

Strength/Endurance

Cubii Pro Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine for Home Workout

Strength/Endurance

Cubii Pro Seated Under Desk Elliptical Machine

Strength/Endurance

Cognitive

Cognitive equipment helps clients improve memory, concentration, attention span, problem solving and make executive decisions.

This list alone is a mega list and telehealth toolkit for occupational therapists that anyone will appreciate.

Here's a list of equipment and resources that we recommend for improving cognitive abilities with your patients:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Coloring Posters

Cognitive

Around the House Puzzle

Cognitive

School Bus Puzzle Set

Cognitive

Melissa & Doug African Plains Jigsaw Puzzle 24 p

Cognitive

Melissa & Doug Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle – Construction #2

Cognitive

ProSource Kids Foam Puzzle Floor Play Mat with Shapes & Colors or Numbers & Alphabets

Cognitive

Large Crossword puzzle #1

Cognitive

Large Crossword puzzle #2

Cognitive

Large Crossword Puzzle #3

Cognitive

UNO Card Game

Cognitive

Bicycle Playing Cards - Poker Size

Cognitive

Pattern Play Game

Cognitive

Jenga Board Game

Cognitive

Connect #4 Game

Cognitive

Multi Board Game

Cognitive

Eye and Hand Coordination

Helping your patients with eye and hand coordination? Great. We know how important these activities are.  

These activities will help strengthen your patient's ability to see where they are placing their fingers with small objects.

Here's a list of equipment and resources that we recommend adding to your telehealth toolkit for occupational therapists that aid and assist with eye and hand coordination:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Adult Coloring Book #1

Eye/Hand Coordination

Coloring Markers

Eye/Hand Coordination

Adult Coloring Book #2

Eye/Hand Coordination

Adult Coloring Book #3

Eye/Hand Coordination

ADLs (Activities of Daily Living)

ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) are some of the most important occupational therapy activities to work with your patients on.

These types of activities help clients build and improve patients ability to dress, bathe, perform toileting tasks independently.

Here is the list of equipment and resources that we recommend for ADLs: 

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Short Reachers

ADLs

Long Reachers

ADLs

Vive Foam Tubing (9 Pack) - Utensil Padding Grips 

ADLs

Dycem Bulk Roll Matting, Non-Slip, Two-Sided Grip, 8" x 2 yd

ADLs

Hand Strengthening

Hand strengthening is what the name implies: it helps clients build hand grasping and pinching skills.  

Here's our top picks of awesome tools and equipment that your patients can use for their hand strengthening exercises:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

6PCS Hand Grip Strengthener

Hand Strengthening

Hand Stress Balls/Relievers

Hand Strengthening

Grip Strenghtener

Hand Strengthening

Grip Strenghtener/Adjustable

Hand Strengthening

Mobility

Looking for equipment that will help improve mobility for your patients? Then look no further.

As you may be aware mobility activities help improve walking and transferring capabilities with your patients.  

If youre an Occupational Therapist that needs resources that improve mobility with your patients,  we've rounded up for this section with you in mind:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Microwavable Hot Pad

Mobility

OSITO TENS Unit Rechargeable Electronic Pulse Massager Muscle Stimulator with 6 Reusable Pads

Mobility

iReliev TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager & (8) Electrodes Pain Relief Bundle

Mobility

NOVA Heavy Duty Walking Cane with Offset Handle

Mobility

Medline Steel Foldable Adult Transport Rollator Mobility Walker with 6” Wheels, Blue

Mobility

Pain Management

Pain Management deals with the art of using activities that help your clients reduce pain.  

Here is the list of equipment and resources that we recommend that you use for pain management:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Microwavable Hot Pad

Pain Management

OSITO TENS Unit Rechargeable Electronic Pulse Massager Muscle Stimulator

Pain Management

iReliev TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager

Pain Management

Biofreeze Large Pain Gel

Pain Management

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 3 oz. Tube

Pain Management

Range of Motion Exercises (RDM) 

RDM Exercises work in tangent with upper body strengthening and to improve reaching abilities for your patients.  

Check out our list of recommended equipment and tools that you can use to work on improving range of motion with them:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Bean bag toss

Range of Motion

Shoulder Arc

Range of Motion

DMI Shoulder Pulley for Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Over The Door Pulley, White

Range of Motion

YULAN Flexbands Rally Home Fitness Stretch Rope Back Trainer Thin Shoulder Beauty Back Stretch Belt Chest Exercise Arm

Range of Motion

Virtual Telehealth Equipment 

Setting up virtual equipment is an imperative part of telehealth services. 

These are activities that help your patients set up their home stations so that they can perform activities via telehealth sessions.  

Here are a few resources and equipment that your patients can use to successfully perform services via telehealth sessions with an Occupational Therapist:

Item

Area of Therapy It Improves

Where to buy

Craft Station Versatile for Painting Writing Studying and Reading

Virtual Telehealth Activity Equipment

Writing Computer Desk Modern Simple Study Desk Industrial Style Folding Laptop Table for Home Office

Virtual Telehealth Activity Equipment

Wrapping up the Post

We understand:

Navigating this new landscape and world can be a bit challenging.  However with using the right mix of tools and equipment will make things a lot easier for you. 

Fortunately for you, there are tons of inexpensive resources that you can use to make telehealth services fun and exciting when treating your patients. 

I hope that you enjoyed this blog post and our telehealth toolkit for Occupational Therapists.  

We created this toolkit to provide a list of equipment and resources that you can use to provide telehealth services to your patients as an Occupational Therapists.

Please be sure to check out our latest blog posts and shop to find more helpful resources that will help you navigate the the world of Telehealth.

Thanks for reading!

Rose G