Occupational therapists work with individuals who have physical, developmental,
emotional, or social deficits that affect their ability to participate in daily
activities. The therapist helps the patient "relearn" daily living skills such as
the ability to get dressed, walk, or perform routine functions.
Our occupational therapy program maximizes the patient's ability to participate
in the self-care, work related, leisure, and social activities of daily living.
Patients who have difficulty dressing, bathing, and feeding themselves, have limitations
in mobility, or who experience memory, attention, or problem-solving deficits that
restrict independence and impair safety, will benefit from occupational therapy.
The registered therapist provides:
Retraining activities of daily living
Improving upper extremity strength
Assessment and application of orthotic devices, such as splints and slings, to assist
with pain and positioning.
Assessment and training of equipment needs and management.
Assessment and retraining with compensatory techniques for visual-spatial deficits,
memory deficits, and problem solving deficits.
Rehabilitation dining for residents having difficulty eating.
Family and staff training emphasizing independence.
Assessment of home safety needs prior to discharge.
Implementation of maintenance programs and instruction in follow up care for restorative
aides and nursing staff.
Restorative program for residents who have "graduated" from individual occupational
therapy or for individuals needing less instruction in their activities of daily
living training. Treatment is provided by trained restorative aides and supervised
by a licensed physical therapist.