What is occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapy focuses on the everyday “occupations” or tasks that individuals need to perform in order to lead independent and satisfying lives. These tasks can be anything from brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning to making meals in the kitchen to paying bills. Completing these tasks can be challenging when individuals develop physical or cognitive limitations. Occupational therapists assess people’s limitations, as well as their abilities, in order to help them live more independently.

Who would benefit from occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and may be helpful with addressing difficulties related to the following conditions:

  • Hip, knee and shoulder surgery
  • Hand and arm injuries or ailments
  • Strength/endurance
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Recovery from a stroke
  • Arthritis management
  • Joint pain
  • Pediatric developmental delays
  • Infant feeding

What happens in occupational therapy?

Our experienced occupational therapist will work closely with you to learn about your concerns and then perform a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. With your input, together we will develop a personalized care plan based on your pain level and functional abilities so that you can achieve your individualized goals.
Treatment may include:

  • Exercise to strengthen or stretch muscles
  • Hands on therapy to alleviate pain or increase motion
  • Dressing skills
  • Progression toward developmental milestones
  • Bathing skills
  • Ultrasound or electrical stimulation
  • Scar management
  • Simple meal preparation
  • Adaptive equipment management
  • Problem-solving tasks
  • Cognitive testing
  • Development of coping/calming strategies
  • Improving quality of life
  • Caregiver training
  • Fine motor skills

Where are we located?

Our rehab department is located down the hallway from the Parker’s ARC entrance, door A7. Parking is located near the front entrance of the ARC with handicap parking available.

Who do I contact?

Talk to your provider and ask if occupational therapy would help you. Please call us at 218-634-3429 if you have any questions about occupational therapy. We look forward to working with you regarding your occupational therapy needs.