The Facts About Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve the greatest level of independence within their daily roles. This is done by helping individuals achieve specific skills, by adapting daily tasks, and/or by adapting the environment.
- 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 adaption.
- Assessments and treatment for work performance skills.
- Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function.
Instructions and training are provided to family members and attendants to provide safe and effective methods for assisting individuals in maintaining or improving their level of function.
Occupational Therapists: Critical Members of the Health Care Team
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants, as members of the health care team, work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists or audiologists and other health care professionals.
Who Needs Occupational Therapy?
• People with work-related injuries
• People who have had a stroke or heart attack
• People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other serious illness
• Children with birth injuries, learning problems or developmental disabilities
• People with mental health problems
• People with substance abuse problems and eating disorders
• People with burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
• People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls, or accidents
Occupational Therapy Specialty Program: Lymphedema Treatment
Treatment for lymphedema is provided through the Occupational Therapy Department at DRMC. Treatment focuses on manual lymph drainage, massage, compression bandaging techniques, skin care, exercise, and patient education. Upon discharge, patients are progressed to a home program for further management of lymphedema. This home program includes: exercise, compression bandaging, and use of a compression garment. If you have any questions regarding DRMC's Lymphedema Clinic, pleae contact the Occupational Therapy Department at 375-3020.
What is the SaeboFlex?
The SaeboFlex is a custom, dynamic hand splint that allows stroke survivors to open their hand for grasp and release activities. The SaeboFlex is most appropriate for individuals who are unable to open their hand due to increased tone (i.e., their hand is tight and usually stays in a closed position).
Therapy Outpatient Services are offered at all of our sites: Medical Arts Building at DRMC, Brockway Primary Care Associates, Force Primary Care Associates, Curwensville Primary Care Associates, and the Reynoldsville Medical Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 814-375-3372.