An elderly person has suffered a heart attack, and later had an extensive cardio bypass surgery. The patient is now undergoing Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT) with the goal to return to independent living in several weeks.
In trying to help this patient to resume shaving himself or to cooking his own dinner, I can understand that you do not necessarily want to begin by handing him a sharp razor or a hot frying pan. What activities might an OT begin with to assist the patient, or to evaluate what steps the patient will need to reach the goal?
Further, is there a standard set of tests that are used in all situations in order to assess the patient's current abilities?
Disclaimer: My motives behind this question are my own father and his ongoing recovery. I have not been present for his OT, but the things he describes are baffling to both him and me, having the feel of kindergarten arts and crafts. However, I do not wish to question the methods of a person with extensive training and experience in a field where my level of knowledge is how to abbreviate it.
It is difficult to separate myself from these emotions and biases. I have tried to frame this question in as general a manner as I could to benefit multiple readers. If I have strayed, I apologize. I welcome any edits that improve the neutrality of the question while still helping me learn what I need to. Please leave this disclaimer. See also this meta.