Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists use work, self-care, and recreational activities to increase independent function.
Customized treatment programs to improve the ability to perform daily activities
Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
Performance skills assessments and treatment
Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
Guidance to family members and caregivers
Examples of the many different conditions and situations in which occupational therapy can help are:
Mental and physical impairments a person has had since birth.
Recovery and return to work after a work-related injury.
Sudden serious health conditions such as a stroke, heart attack, brain injury, or amputation.
Chronic (ongoing) conditions, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Learning disabilities or developmental disabilities.
Mental health or behavioral issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, and eating disorders.