The basic definition for an occupational therapist is one who assists a multitude of different people in finding independency or “normalcy” in their everyday lives. Many of these patients have some sort of illness or disorder that inhibits normal living. These people can range from children who were born with a disability to the elderly who are going through a difficult time with the loss of agility or mobility. Occupational therapists help people regain skills or learn new ones that will make their everyday lives easier.
The types of services occupational therapists offer include evaluations with the client and family to determine what goals would like to be met, creating an intervention and plan for helping the patient reach these goals, and ensure the goals are being work towards and met long term. Occupational therapists not only assist their patients firsthand but also monitor them long-term to ensure that success is being met.
Our Occupational therapy interventions are designed to meet individual client needs and may include the following as part of a comprehensive plan of care:
- Therapeutic activities
- Therapeutic exercise
- Orthosis design, fabrication, fitting, and training
- Joint protection and/or energy modification in home, work, school, or leisure activities
- Sensory re-education
- Mirror therapy
- Scar management
- Pain management
- Work conditioning or work hardening
- Training in activities of daily living and adaptive or assistive devices
- Education for post-surgical or post-injury safety, including sensory loss