Adult DivisionHelping adults reach their potential
Orthopedic injuries include (but are not limited to) spinal injuries, repetitive motion injuries, trauma accidents, amputations and joint replacements. Occupational Therapy plays a pivotal role in the recovery and rehabilitation of persons with musculoskeletal injuries or conditions where proper movement has been affected thereby impacting a person’s quality of life. By assessing the nature and extent of the injury, then planning and implementing an individualized treatment plan, the Occupational Therapist aims to improve the function of the patient’s musculoskeletal system. The therapist will assess the abilities that the individual had prior to the injury, as well as expectations of future lifestyle. The Occupational Therapist may consult with family members, the treating physicians as well as other professionals to develop a program that will best suit the expectations of those involved.
The Occupational Therapist implements treatment strategies which emphasize getting the individual to participate in daily tasks such as basic self-care, employment or education and training, as well as social and recreational activities. The therapist may also help to find and assist in using mobility supports and wheelchairs.
Cognition processes include (but are not limited to) orientation, attention, perception, problem solving, memory, judgment, language, reasoning, and planning. Healthy cognitive faculties are essential for processing internal and environmental information during ones daily activities. Our staff is dedicated to addressing the needs of adults with cognitive impairments secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI), CVA/stroke, as well as various forms of dementia-inducing diseases, or existing congenital conditions.
The Occupational Therapist will utilize state of the art therapeutic interventions which take advantage of the brain’s inherent elasticity. In doing so, the Occupational Therapist facilitates recruitment of underutilized brain pathways as well as improving functional skills by adapting activities and retraining. Enabling people to more fully participate in self-care, work, leisure, and community activities enhances their quality of life while reducing the burden on caregivers and societal resources.
In cooperation with other members of the healthcare team, many of these issues can also be addressed at the neuronal level, utilizing Neurofeedback interventions, thus retraining neurologic processes associated with brainwave disregulation.
Disorders associated with mental health issues include (but not limited to): Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (other anxiety disorders), Oppositional / defiant disorders (anger / poor conflict resolution skills), obsessive or compulsive disorders, Phobias (Fear regulation), Bipolar (Mood swings), Depression, Mania, Self injurious behavior, attachment disorders…
The overall goal of Occupational Therapy in mental health is to facilitate development and implementation of coping strategies and skills necessary for independent, interdependent, productive living. Particular emphasis is given to interventions that result in improved quality of life and decrease hospitalization. Our Occupational Therapists employ a variety of assessments and treatment strategies necessary to create a personalized intervention profile. This profile is used for goal-setting and treatment planning.
For example, an Occupational Therapist may treat a client with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in order to develop effective coping strategies, thus minimizing further social,
interpersonal, or occupational disruption. In cooperation with other members of the healthcare team, many of these issues can also be addressed at the neuronal level, utilizing Neurofeedback interventions, thus retraining neurologic processes associated with brainwave disregulation.