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Rehabilitative Care

Occupational Therapy

When an illness, injury or surgery makes it difficult for you go about your normal routine, occupational therapy can help. This therapy helps you to regain the movement and the skills you had prior to your illness, injury or surgery so that you can return to your everyday life. Fidelity Health Care’s licensed occupational therapy professionals can come to your home to help you recover.

How Can Occupational Therapy Help Me?

Occupational therapy can help you regain skills like:

  • Bathing or dressing
  • Reaching for items, or bending over to pick something up
  • Getting in and out of bed, a chair, or the car
  • Making decisions
  • Cooking, eating and cleaning up after yourself
  • Walking or taking steps
  • Regaining the skills to use the phone, television or computer
  • Transferring from the shower, toilet, bed or other furniture

Your occupational therapist will come to your home. During your first meeting, you will get to know each other and identify the skills you wish to regain. Your therapist will consider any challenges you may have with memory and reasoning, as well as any emotional difficulties which could be limiting your recovery.

Your therapist will look for any barriers in your home or work environment that might be in your way, and will recommend modifications that may be preventing you from regaining your independence. Together you’ll put together a plan that is right for you.

Your therapist may also work with your family members who can help you achieve your goals. You may need assistance devices like a cane or a grabber (for out-of-reach items). Or you may have furniture or other items in the way that are preventing your mobility. Your safety is our priority as you regain your strength physically and emotionally

If you need help with relearning some activities, your therapist can coach you on the steps it will take.

Who Can Benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can benefit people who:

  • Have safety concerns around the home
  • Have difficulty with movement or thinking clearly, or visual perception
  • Are recovering from surgery or traumatic injuries
  • Had recent joint replacements
  • Have multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, chronic illnesses or developmental disorders
  • Have decreases in endurance and shortness of breath when active

How Can I Arrange for Occupational Therapy in My Home?

Occupational therapists need a doctor’s order to come into the home. As a result, if you believe you would benefit from occupational therapy services, speak with your doctor