Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners ask, “What matters to you?” not, “What’s the matter with you?”

CovellLadyBug2Nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age (AARP). An Occupational Therapist can help you do just that and safely.

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OT is centered on each client as an individual.

Occupational therapists help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic interventions. This may include helping helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, improving people’s skills while living with disease or disability and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. OT’s provide comprehensive assessments related to home safety, self-care, cognition, safety and equipment needs.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the client’s goals.
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Adapting equipment to meet clients’ specific needs is an OT’s specialty. Check out this walker! Moved the walker wheels inside the walker frame to be able to enter the bathroom easier. Padded the handles to reduce arthritis pain in the wrists. Added a walker bag to transport items like a phone and tissues. Implemented a fold down tray to use for meals, drinks and projects. Now that’s better!

  • Customized interventions designed to improve the client’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals.
  • Treatments typically address Activities of Daily Living. This may include showering, dressing, eating, preparing a meal, using equipment in the home, low-vision training, balance assessments, home management tasks, safety training and more!
  • If you want to do it, tell an OT! The OT will work with you to make it happen!

Services Available Within Occupational Therapy:

  • Wheelchair Evaluations: Work with an OT to obtain an appropriate wheelchair for your needs. Our OT’s work closely with vendors and insurance companies to obtain the right manual or power wheelchair for you. Follow up training is provided when the wheelchair is delivered.
  • Home Safety Assessments: OT’s provide a specialized analysis of home environments to promote safety, fall prevention, confidence and independence. Recommendations for equipment, home modifications and teaching safety strategies are included with these assessments.
  • Cognitive Training: Clients experiencing cognitive dysfunction related to dementia, brain injury, stroke, disease or otherwise can work with an OT to improve their skills. This may include memory, problem solving, concentration and attention.
  • Driving Retirement and Advisement: If you are concerned about your, or a loved one’s, safety behind the wheel an OT with specialized training can assess driving ability, safety and concerns.
  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation/Incontinence Treatment: OT’s with advanced training work with clients to improve urinary and/or bowel incontinence, pelvic pain, retention, prolapse and more.
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Samantha Clement, OTR/L trials out a wheelchair that she may recommend for her clients.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, creative problem solving, adaptations and empowerment so the client can becomes as independent and functional as they desire.  The client is an integral part of the therapy team. See more here.

Most insurance plans cover OT services and a doctor’s order is required prior to treatment. Contact us and we will help you through the process.

Phone: 970-204-4331

Fax: 970-204-6712