What is Occupational Therapy?
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.
Occupational Therapy Treated Conditions
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 team can 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 Treatments
Summit Healthcare therapists use any combination of activities to strengthen muscles, increase movement, restore coordination and balance. Our occupational therapy team offers the following occupational therapy treatment 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
Our Occupational Therapy Goals
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 Regional Medical Center’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 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.
Summit Healthcare Outpatient Services
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center’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.
Our occupational therapists are available to visit a patient’s home to conduct a home safety evaluation and recommend home safety modifications. This can include durable medical equipment as a part of an effective discharge plan. Additionally, our team will visit schools to evaluate children’s abilities, recommend and provide therapy, modify classroom equipment, and help children participate as fully as possible in school programs and activities.
Our clinics are conveniently located in:
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center
2200 E Show Low Lake Road, Show Low
Summit Healthcare Rehabilitation Services – Holbrook
1401 W Florida, Holbrook
Summit Healthcare Rehabilitation Services – Cub Lake
5171 Cub Lake Road, Suite C310, Show Low
Summit Healthcare Rehabilitation Services – Lakeside
218 W White Mountain Blvd, Suite B
Summit Healthcare Rehabilitation Services – Home Health