April is Occupational Therapy month, and here at Burke our occupational therapy program is integral to ensuring that our patients make the fullest possible recovery from injury or illness.
Our dedicated occupational therapists help patients become as independent as possible in their daily activities, including dressing, bathing, personal hygiene, feeding, getting around in the home and community, and pursuing household, work-related or leisure activities.
Following a thorough evaluation of the visual, perception, and cognitive skills related to functional activities, Burke’s occupational therapists design a treatment program tailored to each patient. The therapist determines appropriate equipment for each patient (e.g. wheelchair, bathroom equipment, adaptive equipment, electronic equipment), and teaches the necessary skills for using it.
Not only do our occupational therapists work in our renowned inpatient programs, but they are active in outpatient care as well. In the outpatient department, there are a number of related programs that are run by OTs, including:
- Functional Upper Limb Recovery and Training Program, where our highly skilled OT’s integrate the latest research and technologies into functional activities geared towards recovering function in the upper limbs. Our clinic offers customized programs including the SAEBO Flex, SAEBO Reach, a variety of electrical stimulation programs and devices including NMES, BIONESS H200 and the Restorative Therapies (RTI) Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) upper limb bike. Our clinicians specialize in creating an ongoing customized treatment program for those who are in any stage of recovery.
- Functional Tone Management, a program that works in conjunction with our physicians to assess for the potential benefits of Botox combined with a therapy program to assist in managing upper limb tone and spasticity and recovering function.
- Driver Evaluation Program, where a licensed occupational therapist administers tests that measure necessary driving skills to determine if someone can drive safely.
- Home Safety Assessment Program, which is a fee-for-service program 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, in hopes of helping residents stay safe in their homes for longer.
For further reading on Burke’s occupational therapy department and offerings, check out the below blog posts:
- How to Stay in Your Home as You Age
- How to Help An Aging Parent Cope When They Can No Longer Drive
- Should Your Aging Parent Stop Driving?
This post was originally featured on Burke's Rehab Insights blog. Learn more at www.burke.org/blog.