Occupational therapists at Burke work primarily with neurological diagnoses, to address fine motor deficits, as well as general upper extremity functionality to help prepare patients for independent living. They also provide wheelchair evaluations for patients, as well as drivers’ evaluations. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.
Occupational Therapy – Related Programs
Neurological Upper Extremity Treatment Program
Evaluation, fitting and training for SAEBO FLEX and SAEBO REACH, custom based orthotics that enable stroke and brain injury survivors to use their hand and arm to participate in grasp and release activities. BIONESS (NESS H200) utilizes neuromuscular electrical stimulation to facilitate grasp and release post stroke, brain, and spinal cord injury. Patients must meet certain physical criteria to be able to utilize these devices. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.
Driver Evaluation Program
Individuals with physical or cognitive disabilities; including age-related deficits who would like to start or resume driving may take advantage of Burke's Driver Evaluation Program. A licensed occupational therapist administers tests that measure necessary driving skills to determine if someone can drive safely. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.
Functional Tone Management
Functional Tone Management uses a custom hand orthotic (SAEBO) that allows stroke survivors to open their hand for grasp and release activities. This therapy is available in the Outpatient Department on the main campus and at the Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Clinic in the Bronx. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.
Home Safety Assessment Program
Burke's Home Safety Assessment Program is geared towards seniors and others to ensure their home environment is as safe as possible. Conducted by a licensed occupational therapist, the program was developed to determine the accessibility and safety of the homes of residents—predominantly the elderly. By finding and removing obstacles, and checking for potential dangers like tripping hazards, it is the hope that through such a program, residents can stay safe in their homes for longer periods of time—especially those who live alone. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.
Medical Equipment Evaluations
Durable medical equipment evaluations for wheelchairs and other mobility devices, wheelchair seating and positioning, and home safety and accessibility items are available. Burke staff members assist with necessary insurance justifications and paperwork. Patient, family and caregiver training is provided. For more information, please call (914) 597-2326.