Occupational therapy is a skilled health service important in the successful treatment of individuals who are experiencing difficulty functioning in daily life. Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people of all ages and abilities to participate in personal and meaningful activities (occupations) to empower living life to the fullest. An individual’s occupations can consist of self-care tasks such as bathing, grooming, managing medications and dressing. In addition, meaningful occupations can consist of enjoyable activities such as participating in hobbies, social activities, baking, and play.
Occupational therapists (OTR/L) and occupational therapy assistants (COTA/L) focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to an individual to assist in living purposeful and meaningful lives. When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines.
Individual’s who often benefit from occupational therapy services include:
- People who have experienced a stroke
- People experiencing lifestyle changes
- People with arthritis
- People with chronic pain
- People who need assistance with daily tasks
- People with carpal tunnel
- People with COPD
- People with Parkinson’s Disease
- People who have undergone a knee replacement or hip replacement
- Elderly or handicap individual’s with driving safety concerns
- Children with developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, ADHD, or autism
Applications and interventions of occupational therapy often focus on:
- adapting tasks
- retraining skills
- strengthening muscle functions
- improving motor coordination
- assessing cognitive skills
- implementing environmental adaptations
- concussion management
- assessing a home environment
- training on the use of adaptive equipment.
The occupational therapy practitioner works with other members of the health care team to develop a treatment plan and choose activities that are integral and meaningful to overall independent functioning and treatment.
At the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor we provide services to both inpatients and outpatients, children, manor residents, home care patients and the residents of the Clarkfield Care Center. Occupational therapy can help to ensure a fuller, more productive and independent lifestyle for individuals throughout the lifespan. Successfully addressing the person’s needs within his or her environment is a hallmark of occupational therapy.
For more information about occupational therapy, contact:
Occupational Therapy Department