Occupational therapists help you regain the ability of doing things you are used to doing every day. For children, Occupational Therapists help children who may be lagging behind to reach appropriate developmental milestones.
As a patient, you will start care with a comprehensive hands-on evaluation. Re-evaluations will be done monthly and treatment will be continued until treatment goals are met or no further progress can be made.
Treatment may be focused on any of the following areas:
- Activities of daily living:
Occupational therapists specialize in maximizing your independence. They can assess your ability to perform the activities of daily living. If doing routine things around the house or at work has become harder, an occupational therapist can help. They offer many options.
- Home safety education:
Occupational Therapists complete a comprehensive home assessment to provide recommendations for a safe and indepednent living environment. OT’s will teach you how to make your home safer and more accessible when you must use a wheelchair, walker or other aids.
- Cognitive rehabilitation:
Occupational Therapy works with individuals that requires assistance with reality orientation, memory, self-initiation, coping, problem solving, safety judgment, safety concerns regarding ADLs, living alone and driving—often as a result of lifestyle change or depression.
- Low vision / perception:
OT’s work with individuals that have limitations in vision, depth perception or spatial awareness with the goal to maximize independence in everyday living skills.
- Driving evaluations:
OT’s use computer assisted and other testing to give objective scores on an individual’s ability to drive safely. Testing may include physical ability, reflex testing, cognitive testing and the use of a driving simulator.
- Seating / positioning:
OT’s work with individuals that requires assistance with bed, wheelchair, chair or environmental modifications to increase functional positions, independence, safety and/or skin integrity.
- Joint protection and work task analysis:
Efficiency analysis. Occupational therapists can see where you're wasting energy or time in doing your daily activities, including where you're stressing your joints unnecessarily. Then, they can teach you better or easier ways to accomplish those things.
- Assistive devices:
If activities like dressing, cooking, or bathing become difficult or painful, occupational therapists can recommend or provide solutions. Assistive devices are products or improvements that make doing what you're used to doing easier.
Custom-Made Splints to support affected joints, aid with pain and minimize disfigurement.
- Pediatric rehabilitation:
Therapists help children who may be lagging behind to reach appropriate developmental milestones. These milestones may be things like like roling over, crawling, walking or helping children with increasing attention spans, fine motor control, the ability to write and the ability to problem solve. Our goal is early intervention. So we offer free screenings to help you identify the health issues that might have a negative impact on your child’s growth and proper development. That way, if you haven’t already, you can get your child professional medical help and quality therapy treatments from an experienced, dependable team.
Available Monday through Friday at Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Northern Iowa Therapy, Waverly
To make an appointment, call 319-352-4544