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ENERGY CONSERVATION. Katie Schweitzer, OTR/L Occupational Therapist University of Rochester Medical Center October 9, 2010. Objectives. Define energy conservation Understand why energy conservation is so important for you Learn the “basic rules” of energy conservation

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energy conservation

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Katie Schweitzer, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

University of Rochester Medical Center

October 9, 2010

objectives
Objectives

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

what is energy conservation
What is Energy Conservation?

Exactly what it says…conserving energy

Utilizing your allowable energy in a way that maintains a functional level of activity in your life

why is energy conservation important
Why is Energy Conservation important?
  • 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
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Energy Conservation

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

goal of energy conservation
Goal of Energy Conservation

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

what does this mean
What does this mean?

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

what this doesn t mean
What this doesn’t mean
  • This does NOT mean that you should
    • Stay in bed
    • Rest all day
    • Avoid activities that you enjoy
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Avoid too much or too little activity
    • Balance work, rest and play
    • Different for everyone
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Avoid too much or too little activity
    • Balance work, rest and play
    • Different for everyone
  • Avoid rushing…pace yourself
    • Don’t short change your time
    • Plan for adequate, if not more time than anticipated to complete activities
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Avoid too much or too little activity
    • Balance work, rest and play
    • Different for everyone
  • Avoid rushing…pace yourself
    • Don’t short change your time
    • Plan for adequate, if not more time than anticipated to complete activities
  • Take frequent short rest breaks
    • Rest breaks can vary from 30 seconds to 30 minutes and more!
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Prioritize activities
    • Ask yourself “what really needs to get done today?”
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Prioritize activities
    • Ask yourself “what really needs to get done today?”
  • 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
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Use adaptive equipment
    • Automatic jar/can opener
    • Large grip utensils
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Use adaptive equipment
    • Automatic jar/can opener
    • Large grip utensils
  • Use proper body mechanics
    • Use your legs
    • Use larger body parts
    • Sit don’t stand
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Basic rules of Energy Conservation
  • Use adaptive equipment
    • Automatic jar/can opener
    • Large grip utensils
  • Use proper body mechanics
    • Use your legs
    • Use larger body parts
    • Sit don’t stand
  • Delegate difficult tasks
    • Do you have to clean the tub?
for example
For example
  • 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
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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.

remember
Remember…

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

learning more about energy conservation
Learning more about Energy Conservation
  • 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 #341-9000
    • For appointment
    • With further questions