What Is Occupational Therapy?
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Occupational therapy is a form of therapy that helps patients recover from a physical or mental illness through typical daily life activities. Therapists have a good understanding of what the patient’s needs, abilities, and environment are to transition to the home, skilled nursing facility, or next level of care. Occupational therapy in acute care, such as at Summit Healthcare, focuses on a holistic view of individuals where many factors can influence the success of recovery and the rehabilitation process.
Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapy team will help people learn new skills or adapt to a permanent loss so they can do the day-to-day tasks that occupy their time. Typically, these patients have experienced a sudden decline in their medical and functional status due to a traumatic event, a worsening of a progressive disease, or the onset of a new condition.
What Conditions Can Occupational Therapists Help With?
Our therapists assist the patient’s medical care team by facilitating early mobilization, restoring function, preventing further decline, and coordinating care, including transition and discharge planning. This occupational therapy team can help treat the following conditions:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Nerve Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Bone or joint trauma
- Upper body injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Fine Motor Deficits
- Pediatric Disorders
- Chronic Swelling
- Daily Living Skills
Occupational Therapy Treatment Methods
Summit Healthcare therapists use any combination of activities to strengthen muscles, increase movement, restore coordination and balance. Our occupational therapy team often use the following treatments to focus on helping people achieve their independence.
- Functional training
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) retraining
- Adaptive equipment assessments
- Adult nerve sensory activities
- Energy conservation techniques
- Ergonomic retraining
- Relaxation Techniques
- Developmental Disorders
- Therapeutic Management to increase ROM
- Pediatric fine motor & functional skills training
- Coordination and maintaining balance due to Parkinson’s disease, stroke or neurological disorders
What Is the Goal of Occupational Therapy?
The goal of Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapy team is to maximize an individual’s ability to regain functional independence in daily living activities and functional mobility in the home, work, and community while maintaining physical, physiological and emotional health. Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists work in the hospital to treat patients who are in an acute care setting. Additionally, our therapists also provide a comprehensive outpatient program that complements the current outpatient physical therapy program.
Occupational Therapy at Summit Healthcare
The primary goal of acute care is to stabilize the patient’s medical status and address any threats to his or her life and loss of function. Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists have a broad range of clinical skills to acute/critical services that include:
- Knowledge of the disease process, and surgical and medical interventions.
- Education in anatomy, kinesiology, and neurology, and their practical application to physical rehabilitation.
- A patient-focused evaluation, intervention, and task modification to facilitate progress towards goals.
- Consideration of pre-hospitalization roles and patient’s likelihood of resuming them.
- Consideration of discharge destination, and the potential need for adaptive equipment and/or modifications for safety and driving, and/or community mobility needs.
- Development of an intervention plan with performance-based goals. Intervention and the process of discharge planning may occur simultaneously depending on the length of stay in the acute care setting.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapist Laura talks about Summit Healthcare’s pediatric occupational therapy services
Outpatient Services at Summit Healthcare
Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists work with your medical care team to collaborate to ensure the implementation of an interdisciplinary plan of care and a coordinated and appropriate discharge plan.