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Occupational Therapy

"Occupational therapy helps people live life to its fullest. It does this by helping people of all ages who have suffered an illness, injury or some form of debilitation relearn the skills of daily living. By focusing on the physical, psychological and social needs of its patients, OT helps people function at the highest possible level, concentrating on what's important to them to rebuild their health, independence and self-esteem. Occupational therapists are specially trained and credentialed in the field and rely on evidence-based best practices and science-driven data to constantly improve patient outcomes. In an era where consumers want to increasingly be empowered and maximize life's potential, more and more people are recognizing the value of occupational therapy and as a result the field is expected to grow significantly over the coming years. (AOTA, 2008)"

Services Provided

Splinting

Customized splints are fabricated by Occupational Therapists and can be utilized to:

  • Decrease muscle tone
  • Maintain functional position
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase stability of affected joints
  • Post-surgical needs or positioning

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. It can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen or genitals. Lymphedema is the result of the abnormal accumulation of protein rich edema fluid in the affected area. Remarkably, even though it afflicts approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population (2.5 million Americans), its seriousness and the problems it creates are poorly understood in the medical community.

Lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema may be present at birth, but it more often develops later in life without obvious cause. Secondary lymphedema is much more common and is the result of surgery and/or radiation therapy for cancer. Secondary forms may also occur after injury, scarring, trauma or infection of the lymphatic system. The most effective treatment for lymphedema is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Work-Related Injuries/Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of designing a person's environment so that it facilitates the highest level of function. A person's work environment should fit his or her capabilities as a worker. Identify and eliminate accident and injury risk factors in the workplace, such as actions associated with repetition, force, fixed or awkward postures, poorly designed tool handles, heavy loads, distance, vibration, noise, extreme temperatures, poor lighting, and psychosocial and other occupational stresses. Analyze job functions and job descriptions based on job tasks. Design pre-hire screenings to determine a candidate's suitability to a particular job. Modify tools and equipment so that they do not enable injury or illness. Provide education and training on injury prevention, workplace health and safety regulations, and managing job-related stress. Determine reasonable accommodations and worksite accessibility that is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Recommend changes employers can take to minimize injury and accident risk factors.

Home Evaluations

A physical assessment of the home to evaluate three areas that present the most problems - entranceway, bathrooms and the kitchen.

  • Entrance Way - Can the patient get to the entrance? Are there stairs, railings or ramps? Can the patient unlock the door? What is the width of the door? Are there any objects obstructing the hallway? Can the patient move from one part of the home to the other?
  • Bathroom - Can patient transfer from wheel chair to and from the toilet? Are tubs/showers accessible? Are there any safety bars?
  • Kitchen - What is the table height? Can the patient open the refrigerator and take out food? Can the patient open and close cabinets? Can they carry items from one part of the kitchen to another? Are light switches accessible?

The ultimate goal is to try and guide the patient in reestablishing their usual activities and make recommendations that will enable the patient to resume former activities within a safe environment. Recommendations for adaptive equipment (i.e. reacher, sock aide) or durable medical equipment (i.e. shower bench, raised toilet seat) may be made. By making necessary modifications to the home environment, educating the patient and family and implementing a treatment program, the patient will succeed in living more independently, and improve the quality of their life.

Adaptive Equipment

Devices that are used to assist with completing activities of daily living. Bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and feeding are self-care activities that are including in the spectrum of activities of daily living. Some of these items include reachers, sock aides, long shoehorns, commodes, and tub transfer benches.

Active Therapy 

The Activity Therapy staff is responsible for incorporating the client's activity therapies into the individualized treatment plan. They are also responsible for continuously updating unit staff about the client's behaviors and progress.It offers services which are designed to aid in helping impaired individuals to improve their functioning level and help the client see his life as more meaningful and enjoyable through:

  • sensory stimulation programs (one-on-one visits are provided to bed bound residents for sensory stimulation and socialization)
  • physical fitness activities
  • creative arts and craft projects
  • intergenerational programs
  • horticulture
  • holiday celebrations

Saebo Products

Saebo provides innovative rehabilitation products for individuals suffering from neurological injuries such as strokes.

The SaeboFlex is a custom, dynamic orthosis specifically designed for stroke survivors who exhibit some shoulder and elbow movement but have minimal hand function. Specifically, the stroke survivor can usually close their hand (i.e. curl the fingers into a fist) but he or she cannot then open the hand or extend his or her fingers. The SaeboFlex orthosis will support the patient's wrist and hand, which have been weakened due to a neurological condition (e.g., stroke, TBI, incomplete spinal cord, etc.). The SaeboFlex orthosis will allow the patient to use their affected wrist and hand thereby enhancing their ADL performance and promoting functionality.