Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

Our goal in Occupational Therapy with all our patients is to maximize the person’s active abilities, both cognitive and physical. We assist patients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric, to gain greater independence and safety with basic self-care, higher level home tasks, and their ability to participate in whatever activities that they desire in and out of the community.

Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e.g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational Therapy assists to re-train patients in everyday activities such as dressing, bathing and eating. The occupational therapist focuses on restoring these vital activities of daily living so that patients gain greater independence and self-reliance. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.

WHO BENEFITS FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

A wide variety of people can benefit from occupational therapy, including those with:

  • Work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or  developmental disabilities
  • Mental health or behavioral problems  including Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • Vision or cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive

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