Now Offering Occupational Therapy!

What is an Occupational Therapist?

An occupational therapist assists people in becoming as independent as possible, both inside and outside the home, through meaningful everyday life activities.

They achieve these goals by performing a thorough evaluation of the person’s medical conditions, functional limitations both physically and cognitively, environmental factors and other challenges. They then conduct an individualized plan of care that addresses specific areas of difficulties, to help the person fully participate in their roles at home & in the community. 

For example: Jane had a stroke that left her with moderate left-sided weakness, walking & balance difficulties. Maggie – her Occupational Therapist – provided Jane with different interventions throughout her course of recovery. In the early phase, Maggie taught Jane how to bathe, toilet and get dressed one-handed. She also taught Jane’s family how to transfer her safely in and out of the shower. Maggie prescribed a shower chair to keep Jane safe in the shower. Three months later, Maggie provided Jane with interventions to help her get back to gardening, such as: fine motor activities, grasping and releasing, carrying and getting on and off the floor. Ten months later, Jane returned to light-duty at her job. Maggie assisted her with typing on a computer and provided ergonomics suggestions for Jane’s work station. Throughout Jane’s recovery process, Maggie consistently provided her with education on lifestyle changes to prevent another stroke and strategies to help her cope with her depression post-stroke.

Who Can Benefit?

Occupational therapists work with people of ages who have physical, sensory and cognitive difficulties. Some diagnoses that will benefit from OT include, but not limited to: 

  • Stroke
  • Dementia & Alzheimer’s
  • Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS

How Can An Occupational Therapist Help?

SELF CARE & HOME MANAGEMENT

OTs provide training and compensatory strategies to achieve these activities independently. 

Self-care activities: bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, feeding etc.

Home management activities: money management, medications management, cooking, doing the laundry, meal planning, grocery shopping etc.

ADAPTIVE AND ASSISTED DEVICES

OTs provide education, resources & training on equipment, such as: seating & positioning, shower chair, commode, adaptive utensils, adaptive dressing equipment to allow for independence and safety.

FINE MOTOR TASKS

OTs provide training and exercises to address fine motor control deficits, such as: tying shoes laces, buttoning, opening jars, writing, typing on a keyboard etc.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

OTs teach techniques to get back to meaningful hobbies, such as: fishing, crafting, gardening, volunteering etc.

EDUCATION AND CAREGIVER TRAINING

OTs provide extensive education on how a medical condition can affect a person’s daily life and how to overcome those challenges. They also provide caregiver training to ensure safe and efficient care. This is particular important in degenerative disease, such as: Dementia & Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis etc.

ACCESSIBILITY, HOME MODIFICATIONS & FALL PREVENTION

OTs provide home modifications suggestions for accessibility and safe aging in place. 

They also provide strategies to prevent falls at home as well as how to fall and get up safely.