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Occupational therapy treats a range of conditions

By VALERIE FELLAND, OTR/L Occupational Therapist | May 02, 2013

Through HCHC’s Rehabilitation Services Department, individuals realize that there are no limits, only possibilities in what they can achieve through therapy.

This is especially true in the area of Occupational Therapy. This specific therapy helps people with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.

As HCHC’s Occupational Therapist, I provide therapy for inpatients and outpatients. For patients who are hospitalized, I provide therapy for Activities of Daily Living (ADL) which includes activities like bathing, dressing, grooming, mobility, adaptive devices education, strength/coordination of upper body, cognition, vision/perception and more.

I determine therapy based on an assessment of the patient and the diagnosis, and what is keeping that patient from returning home to an independent lifestyle. I also work with individuals in an outpatient setting.

Patients can have a neurological diagnosis such as a stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or general weakness from an illness, surgery, or other circumstances. This includes any diagnosis that has caused the patient to lose function.

I also treat a large percentage of patients with orthopedic conditions such as an elbow, wrist or hand fractures, arthritis, tendon or nerve injuries/surgeries, amputations of a digit, tendonitis conditions of the elbow or wrist, and other conditions.

In addition, I custom fabricate splints for the upper extremity for patients needing support after a cast, surgery or injury. This is done in the Occupational Therapy clinic and the patient takes the splint home that day.

I also work with patients in HCHC’s Park Place Elder Living as well as Parkview Nursing Home in Wayland, and have assisted some individuals in returning back to their homes.

My work extends to HCHC’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Department, where I provide a class in the area of Work Simplification and Energy Conservation techniques to help individuals develop strategies and possible adaptive devices. They can also learn alternate methods of performing daily activities to help conserve their energy and allow them to be more productive in their day.

For more information about Occupational Therapy at HCHC, call HCHC’s Rehab Services at 319-385- 6102.

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