The goal of Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapy team is to maximizing an individual’s ability to regain functional independence in daily living activities and functional mobility in the home, work and community while maintaining physical, physiological and emotional health. Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapy team will help people learn new skills or adapt to a permanent loss so they can do the day-to-day tasks that occupy their time.
Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists work in the hospital to treat patients who are in an acute care setting. The therapists assist the patient’s medical care team by facilitating early mobilization, restoring function, preventing further decline, and coordinating care, including transition and discharge planning. Occupational therapists have a good understanding of what the patient’s needs, abilities, and environment are to transition to the home, skilled nursing facility, or next level of care.
Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists also provide a comprehensive outpatient program which will compliment the current outpatient physical therapy program. This team will treat the following conditions:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Nerve Injuries
- Tendon Injuries
- Trauma of bones or joints
- Upper body injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Congenital Abnormalities
- Fine Motor Deficits
- Pediatric Disorders
Summit Healthcare therapists will use any combination of activities to strengthen muscles, increase movement, restore co-ordination and balance. Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping people achieve their independence. Summit Healthcare offers the following treatments to their patients.
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) retraining
- Adaptive equipment assessments
- Adult nerve sensory activities
- Coordination and maintaining balance due to Parkinson’s disease, stroke or neurological disorders
- Energy conservation techniques
- Ergonomic retraining
- Functional training
- Pediatric fine motor and functional skills training
- Therapeutic Management to increase ROM
- Relaxation Techniques
- Developmental Disorders
The team will visit schools to evaluate children’s abilities, recommend and provide therapy, modify classroom equipment, and help children participate as fully as possible in school programs and activities. Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapy team will visit a patient’s home to conduct a home safety evaluation.
In the Hospital Setting
Occupational therapy in acute care focuses on a holistic view of individuals where many factors can influences the success of recovery and the rehabilitation process. Acute care is defined as an inpatient hospital setting for individuals with a serious medical condition (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2011). These patients have experienced a sudden decline in their medical and functional status due to a traumatic event, a worsening of a progressive disease, or the onset of a new condition. The primary goal of acute care is to stabilize the patient’s medical status and address any threats to his or her life and loss of function.
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center’s occupational therapists have a broad range of clinical skills to acute/critical services that include:
- Knowledge of the disease process, and surgical and medical interventions.
- Education in anatomy, kinesiology, and neurology, and their practical application to physical rehabilitation.
- A patient focused evaluation, intervention and task modification to facilitate progress towards goals.
- Consideration of pre-hospitalization roles and patient’s likelihood of resuming them.
- Consideration of discharge destination, and potential need for adaptive equipment and/or modifications for safety and driving, and/or community mobility needs.
- Development of intervention plan with performance-based goals. Intervention and the process of discharge planning may occur simultaneously depending on length of stay in the acute care setting.
Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center’s occupational therapists work with your medical care team to collaborate to ensure the implementation of an interdisciplinary plan of care and a coordinated and appropriate discharge plan. Summit Healthcare’s occupational therapists may recommend home safety modifications and durable medical equipment as a part of an effective discharge plan.