Occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social or emotional problems, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.
- Customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing and hygiene, housekeeping, cooking and recreation.
- Comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaption.
- Assessments and treatment for work performance skills.
- Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function.
- Instructions to family members and attendants in safe and effective methods of caring for individuals.
- Upper extremity treatment for patients with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, weakness, incoordination or even amputation of the fingers, hands or arms.
Who may benefit from OT services?
- People with work-related injuries
- People who have had a stroke or heart attack
- People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other serious illnesses
- Children with birth injuries, learning problems or developmental disabilities
- People with burns, spinal cord injuries or amputations
- People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls or accidents
A variety of adaptive devices have been tailored to assist in daily living skills, such as an extended shoe horn, sock aid, reacher for opening cupboards and putting on clothing.