The Department of Occupational Therapy provides care to those whose physical and cognitive abilities are impaired by physical injury or illness. Through therapeutic intervention, patients can learn to maximize their independence and performance of daily activities.
Occupational therapists may work closely with physical therapists, speech pathologists, and social workers. The referral base includes neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, rheumatology, pediatrics, family medicine, general medicine, and cardiology.
Occupational therapists help improve patients’ functional independence by:
- Providing training to compensate for problems in thinking, planning, visual perception, and memory
- Maximizing strength, coordination, sensation,balance, and functional endurance
- Teaching therapeutic techniques and providing tools that reduce stress, simplify tasks, and conserve energy
- Recommending appropriate modifications to be used in the patient’s home, workplace, or school