Occupational therapy helps you relearn skills and activities so you can lead a full and independent life. This can be things as simple as dressing, bathing and doing your finances to more complex tasks such as preparing meals, driving and returning to work.
Your occupational therapist will help you set goals which will broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks that build your confidence and abilities.
Occupational therapy begins with a multi-page checklist that looks at everything you need to do, and what you need to do it. It starts with basic activities of daily living, such as who will help you dress, who will help you bathe, what equipment you might need in the home, what type of diet you’ll need, what medications you’ll need and how you’ll know when to take them.
Your occupational therapist will also evaluate your upper extremity function, looking for any weakness, loss of sensation, loss of coordination, or loss of fine motor skills.
Your therapist will also ask about your routines, hobbies and home environment to get a better understanding of how to help you. If you worked prior to the stroke, we’ll try to get you back to work. If that’s not possible, we’ll work with you on skills so you can get a different job.
Kitchen. Our outpatient rehab facility has an actual working kitchen, similar in design to most home kitchens. Your therapist will take you step-by-step through meal preparation, from reading a recipe and getting the ingredients to cooking and clean up, and offer strategies to help you be successful.
Bathroom. Our facility has a non-ADA bathroom, similar to the bathroom you have at home. Your therapist will help you with strategies to navigate the bathroom with walkers and other assistive devices.
Bedroom. Our bedroom will help you learn to safely get in and out of bed, get dressed with minimal assistance and best organize your home closet for any access challenges. Your therapist will show you how to use reach bars and other adaptive equipment.
Community Safety Assessment. This program evaluates your access the community, whether that’s by driving or using local transportation options such as a bus.
Adaptive Tools. We keep a variety of tools and braces on hand so patients can try them before making a purchase for home.
We have a full range of rehabilitation equipment, some of which are unique to our program and won’t be found in other rehab centers.