Occupational therapy is a rehabilitation discipline specializing evaluating, diagnosing and treating physical and functional impairments in patients of all ages. The overall goal of occupational therapy is to enable individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities in order to achieve their highest functional levels and optimal quality of life.
The occupational therapist is a member of the interdisciplinary team who works in collaboration with the patient, family and other team members to create a rehabilitation program specific to the patients’ needs. Occupational therapy programs provided in the inpatient and outpatient setting and are customized, outcomes-oriented and designed with the patient’s goals as the central focus. Occupational therapy can be provided for impairments caused by a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular/neurovascular disorders, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac disorders and complex medical problems.
Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.