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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy assists in many areas of the hospital to allow patients to maximize their independence with activities of daily living including; bathing, dressing and homemaking tasks. 

Orthopedic

Occupational Therapy can help patients who have had surgeries or injuries of their hips, knees or backs to dress and bath themselves again. 

  • Instruct patients in the use of adaptive equipment including; elastic shoelaces sock aids, long handled shoehorns and long handled reachers
  • Recommend appropriate modifications to home living environments
  • Teach patients to safely transfer into tub and onto toilet
  • Instruct in the safe use of raised toilet seats, bath chairs and grab bars and help patient select the equipment to best help with their specific situation
  • Teach how to perform meal preparation, laundry and cleaning tasks while using walking devices
  • Recommend ways to modify or simplify self care tasks

Neurological

Occupational Therapy helps patients with stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. They can help with nervous system diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s as well as other rare nervous system disorders.  Treatment in the neurology area may include:

  • Retraining the use of hand coordination
  • Teaching patients adapted dressing techniques
  • Build splints to help control muscle tightness or improve hand use
  • Practice self care skills such as one handed dressing or shoe tying
  • Retrain eye scanning and hand eye coordination
  • Simplify meal preparation and other home making tasks
  • Assist patients with self feeding
  • Recommend equipment for loss of hand function including; button hooks,     elastic shoelaces or eating utensils