Occupational Therapy (OT)

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps people regain and enhance healthy and satisfying lives. The occupational therapy team assists in maximizing independence and the ability to aid in improvement of functions in routine daily tasks, known as “occupations.”

Occupational therapy focuses on an individualized plan of care that may include the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory aspects of daily living. They also work with families regarding the possible need for adaptive equipment or assistive devices and environmental modifications to ensure ones safety in their home.

Many times individuals who have difficulty performing daily living skills such as environmental mobility, need access to relearn to access all the areas of the home and attend to self care, preparing meals and taking medicine.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy (OT)?

  • Patients with safety concerns around the home
  • Patients having difficulty with fine motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, and cognitive skills
  • Patients dealing with sensory-motor ability
  • Patients with traumatic injuries 
  • Patients with post-surgical conditions, such as joint replacement
  • Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy (CP), and other chronic illnesses and developmental disorders.

Occupational Services Can Help With

  • Personal self care (activities of daily living).
  • Household activities as well as home and financial management and childcare
  • Leisure activities or interests
  • Social participation or work related tasks
  • Preparation for return to active functions in the community
  • Home safety assessments
  • Splints or orthotics to manange static positioning/pain
  • Miscellaneous Adaptive /Assistive Equipment
  • Problem with fluid retention or edema /swelling