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What is Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. 

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which time the individual/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the plan.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home, and other environments such as workplace and school; recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members.

Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective, which focuses is on adapting the environment to fit the person.

At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, occupational therapists are an integral part of a patient’s treatment team. They help older adults who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible and treat patients recovering from stroke, hip and shoulder replacement, and other medical conditions.

When you are faced with learning new ways of approaching tasks, using adaptive equipment or looking for comprehensive home evaluations, consider an occupational therapist.

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