Occupational therapy focuses on enabling people to live their lives as independently as possible. After illness or injury such as stroke, brain injury, orthopedic surgery or arm injury, occupational therapists work with patients to help them achieve the fullest participation in their daily activities and occupations. Firelands Regional Medical Center offers occupational therapy on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Therapies are designed to help patients achieve optimal functioning in their daily activities to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Some of the occupational therapy programs offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center are:
An occupational therapist works with patients to maximize independence with daily activities, including self-care, home management and community living skills.
The goal of hand therapy is to help the patient regain maximum use of his or her hand, wrist or arm after injury, surgery or the onset of disease.
A therapist can visit the patient’s home to give suggestions on home modifications for fall prevention, wheelchair accessibility, safety in the bathroom and kitchen and even creating a sensory friendly home for children.
Lymphedema is the chronic and progressive swelling of a body part caused by malformation or damage to the lymphatic system. Therapy includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression, bandaging, exercises, and education.
Vision can be affected as one ages or by illness, such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes, or stroke or other brain injury or head trauma. Various treatments are used to assist patients with adjustment to any visual disability and help them function independently and safely within the home and community.
Physical therapists and occupational therapists work closely with employers, physicians, case managers and the injured worker to simulate normal job tasks and develop treatment plans that are time-sensitive to return the workers to full duty.
A collaborative approach involving speech and occupational therapy which focuses on decreasing oral aversions, improving oral motor skills and using compensatory strategies to improve oral intake.
One of the most important aspects of pediatric occupational therapy is identifying the child’s ability to understand input from movement, vision, hearing, touch and smell. In addition, a child’s ability to perform daily tasks like bathing, dressing, self-care, finger coordination and upper body strength is tested. For more information about pediatric occupational therapy, call 419.557.7076.