Occupational Therapists (OT) specialize in providing a holistic approach to help each client achieve and maintain independence performing skills required during daily living. These skills commonly include dressing, feeding, bathing, self care, work function and social participation. Occupational therapists are a critical component of any outpatient, inpatient, home health or skilled nursing rehabilitation team and work to develop meaningful activities for their patients to optimize quality of life and safety.
Occupational therapists are experts in managing and adapting your home to provide a functional environment while also recommending different adaptive equipment to accomplish your daily needs. These items can include the use of commodes, tub chairs & benches, reaching devices, and dressing assist tools. Through collaboration with Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy, the rehab team is able to work together to treat to whole person to improve and restore quality of life.
What to expect
- Initial evaluation to assess your needs and identify areas which will require occupational therapy intervention
- A home assessment will be conducted to determine if any environmental changes in your home or business could be made to improve the safety and functionality of the space
- Recommendations on the addition of any durable medical equipment to improve safety and create a more adaptable living space.
- Exercises to improve range of motion, strength, endurance and balance during your normal daily routine
- Interventions to improve hand eye coordination, fine motor dexterity and cognitive performance
- Home exercise plan personalized to your needs and goals to be performed independently
Who will benefit from occupational therapy
- Orthopedic surgeries & injuries
- Arthritis and chronic pain
- Stroke, traumatic brain injury, MS, Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic conditions including CHF, diabetes and COPD
- Joint replacement
- Frequents falls and poor balance
- Impairment memory or organization
More information about the scope of practice and role Occupational Therapist plan in health care can be found on the American Occupational Therapy Association website.