Every time we fasten the buttons on our clothing, tie the laces on our shoes, grasp the handle of a coffee mug, turn the doorknob to enter or exit a room, hold a pen to write a list, and much, much more, we are using our fine motor skills to do so. While we may not give these tasks much thought, performing them helps us move through each day. Fine motor skills are the ability to coordinate the small muscles in our hands and wrists. This involves synchronization between the brain and muscles, and it begins to develop during infancy. As using these skills throughout the day during routine tasks are second-nature, they aren’t usually paid much mind. However, it does become quite noticeable when the ability to complete such tasks is impeded by fine motor limitations.
Various conditions can cause one to experience fine motor difficulties. Muscle weakness, arthritis, neurological injuries, dyspraxia, nervous system disorders, and other issues can cause fine motor impairment, so it is important to seek medical advice to help determine the source. Fine motor functioning is monitored early in life for delays and milestone achievement. However, individuals with underlying conditions may experience issues in adulthood.
Here at Aqua Home Care, we believe in quality services that support overall health and wellness. Trusted caregivers we refer have the experience, patience, knowledge, compassion and skill to provide the care their clients need. When it comes to daily living, numerous tasks involve some level of fine motor use. Services that support individuals facing difficulty in this area include assistance with:
- Dressing and undressing
- Fastening shoelaces
- Hygienic routines (brushing teeth, bathing/showering, using the facilities, etc.)
- Writing notes and dialing the phone
- Meal preparation (making food, pouring a beverage into a cup)
- Feeding assistance (using a fork/spoon, cutting food with a knife, using a napkin)
- Opening containers
- House cleaning
- And more
Though it may not always seem so, fine motor skills are part of a complex system. Certain conditions can cause interruptions to that system, and when support is needed our Aqua Home Care team is here to help. With a reputable registry, trusted resources and years of experience, we are able to guide individuals toward a positive in-home care experience that makes daily tasks more manageable.