The occupational therapist will work with the patient to relearn everyday tasks essential to daily living. These tasks include eating, dressing, bathing, brushing teeth, combing hair, shaving, applying makeup, being able to get on and off the toilet and in and out of a shower or tub, cooking and cleaning. After an injury, illness or disability, the occupational therapist is there to partner with the patient to identify what tasks are meaningful and purposeful to the patient and develop ways to increase independence with those tasks. We also are an integral part in training the patient's family or caregiver in safe and effective ways to assist the patient after discharge, assessing the patient's need for medical equipment in order to increase independence and safety, and creating exercise programs to maintain and enhance patient function. Our goal is to provide the patient with therapy intervention to promote health and facilitate a return to the highest level of functioning possible.
Specialized Occupational Therapy Inpatient Rehabilitation Services
- Saebo – evidence-based products and therapy techniques used with stroke recovery and focused on increasing function of the affected arm
- Wii Therapy – Game system used during therapy to refocus efforts away from the work aspects of therapy, and instead, emphasize fun/competitive tasks, including Wii bowling, golfing, boxing, baseball and tennis. These tasks include gross motor tasks, vision, coordination, sequencing, problem-solving and balance/endurance.
- Bioness H200 – advanced technology that delivers low-level electrical stimulation in order to excite the muscles of the hand and forearm
- Modified CIMT (constraint-induced movement therapy) – program used during stroke recovery to force the use of the affected side by restraining the unaffected side
- KELS Assessment – evidence-based assessment tool to evaluate the patient’s ability and safety with independent living NDT-Certified Therapist (neuro-developmental techniques) – evidence-based treatment that focuses on motor recovery in a functional application for patients with hemiplegia, utilizing handling/facilitation techniques to help the patient relearn movement patterns
- Neuro-IFRAH-based techniques (neuro-integrative functional rehabilitation and habilitation) – treatment intervention primarily used with patients with hemiplegia and increased tone. The therapy focuses on increasing function and neuromuscular return in the affected arm.
- Homebound Training Program – program designed to facilitate independence by allowing patients the opportunity to complete self-care, medication management, walking and adhering to therapy schedule under light supervision. Patients initiate all of these tasks as they would at home in order to ensure safety and prepare for discharge.