Occupational Therapy

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupational therapists help people to develop or adapt the skills they need for everyday living. Dr. Edward Hill discusses occupational therapy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Occupational therapists work with the disabled, the elderly, newborns, school-age children, and anyone who has a permanent or temporary impairment in physical or mental functioning. The aim of occupational therapy is to help clients perform daily tasks in their living and working environments. Occupational therapists assist patients in developing the skills to live independent, satisfying and productive lives.

By improving your skills, showing you different ways to complete tasks or introducing you to adaptive equipment, an occupational therapist can help you perform everyday activities with greater ease and satisfaction.

Occupational therapy can provide assessment, treatment and recommendations in the following areas:

Arm and hand therapy

Home modification

Driving skills evaluation and vehicle modification

Cooking and homemaking adaptations

Workplace or work equipment modifications

Manual or electric wheelchair use, and

Bathtub and toilet equipment use

Occupational therapists work in hospital, outpatient and home settings.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.