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April 2017 Department Discovery: Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services

April 2017 Department Discovery: Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services

The April 2017 Department Discovery shines a light on Campbell County Health’s Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services in the Stocktrail Building.

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month in April, we thought we would shed some light on this profession and outline the integral part they play in rehabilitation.

For those who don’t know, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments—for example, at home, work, school and in the community—as well as addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through activities. Services are available to patients at the Stocktrail Building or in the comfort of their own home.

When working with an occupational therapist, individualized plans are created for problem solving, improved function and support of life activities, such as bathing, dressing and eating. Through occupational therapy, individuals develop needed skills, adjust their environment and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Many of the occupational therapists at Rehab Services have earned specialized certifications in their field. Specialties include hand therapy, stroke or traumatic brain injury, as well as therapists who specialize in pediatric patients with sensory deficits or developmental delays.

A big round of applause to the CCH Occupational Therapy team! Thank you for all that you do in keeping our community healthy. Learn more about Occupational Therapy at www.cchwyo.org/rehab.