What is Occupational Therapy?
This type of therapy helps restore and develop the skills a person needs for productive daily living and assists them in achieving independence in self-care, bathing, dressing, eating and meal preparation.
In addition, occupational therapy helps with the restoration of function to promote engagement in community and work activities to improve overall health, well-being and quality of life.
Benefits of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy offers practical support to help people become as independent as possible while improving their quality of life.
- Help with cognitive skills such problem solving, safety awareness and sequencing.
- Prevention of further health decline.
- Reengagement in meaningful activities
- Restoration, compensation, and adaptation of daily living activities to promote successful participation.
- Skills for stress management and coping with the physical and emotional effects of disability or injury.
- Specialized driver’s training following illness or injury.
- Successful reintegration into work and community activities.
- Support for home modification when physical and cognitive decline is present.
Occupational therapy helps people gain functional ability
Occupational therapists help restore functional ability so people can enjoy life. They work with people of all ages facing a variety of health challenges, from stroke or injury recovery to bladder incontinence.
Watch how rehab therapy, including LSVT BIG, has helped Bob as he lives with Parkinson's disease.
Occupational therapists can also help manage edema and swelling with advanced tissue mobilization techniques and compression garments and provide people with adaptive devices – such as a sock aide, long handled shoehorn or personalized wheelchair – to help with activities of daily living.
Our occupational therapists practice the art of therapeutically using daily activities to help patients live life to the fullest through the following:
- Assessing a patient's home and/or work environment and recommending adaptations to improve independence.
- Evaluating a patient's condition and needs and developing a treatment plan that addresses those needs and helps them meet specific goals
- Training patients and their caregivers to use special equipment.
Choosing the right occupational therapist near you
Your occupational therapist should provide personalized treatment to meet your needs, using a whole-person approach to caring for the body, mind and soul.
Choose a location that makes you feel comfortable, supported and encouraged. Convenience and safety are also important factors to consider. Read more about choosing the right rehabilitation program for you.
Your doctor may have some recommendations, but don’t be afraid to do some research or ask to go to a different location.
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