Occupational therapists work to assist patients to learn or relearn “occupations” important to each individual. These occupations may include various activities such as play, handwriting, completing a work task, or getting dressed. The patients may be of any age, from infants to geriatrics.
Children are referred to OT with diagnoses such as developmental delay, cerebral palsy, or neurological disorders. Four of our HVCH occupational therapy staff work with 100 children in the Logan-Hocking School District, teaching gross and fine motor skills. The staff also trains teachers to apply techniques to enhance visual and motor skills in the classroom and improve handwriting with the “Handwriting Without Tears” program. Andrea Wright, O.T.R./L., says, “Kids learn better through manipulation – the hands-on approach.”
Adolescent and adult outpatients are referred to OT with diagnoses such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, crush injuries, and stroke. OTs work with these patients to restore upper extremity and hand function to allow easier completion of daily tasks.
Inpatients on our Medical-Surgical Unit and in the Skilled Nursing Facility are instructed in adaptive techniques and the use of adaptive equipment to increase ease, safety, and independence in completing bathing, dressing, and home management tasks in preparation for returning home. Our new rehabilitation center has a full kitchen that can be useful in teaching patients to complete common household tasks safely and effectively.