Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession designed to help people regain and build skills that are important for health, well-being, security and happiness. Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social or emotional deficits, need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.
Working closely with the primary and specialty physicians, Occupational Therapy is designed to maximize the patient's return to independence and productivity in the shortest time possible. A full range of Occupational Therapy Services is now offered at Franciscan Health Rensselaer and KV Health Centre. Services may include:
Customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out activities of daily living
Comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaptation
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
In addition to traditional rehabilitation services, the Occupational Therapists at Franciscan Health Rensselaer offer the following:
Aquatics in the therapeutic pool
Cognitive Behavioral Driver's Inventory
Job-site ergonomic task analysis
Education to assist in the prevention of injury
Functional capacity evaluations (FCEs)
If you would like more information about Occupational Therapy, please follow this link to The American Occupational Therapy Association home page.