Helping Patients Gain Independence in Daily Living
At AdventHealth Hospital Rehabilitative Services, we offer occupational therapy designed to return you to optimal function after an injury or illness. Our caring, professional team has been trained in the latest techniques and is committed to helping patients regain confidence and skills of daily living.
Purpose of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists help those who have become physically or mentally disabled relearn skills of daily living, such as bathing and personal hygiene, fine motor skills, and other activities required to live independently. Individuals who are permanently disabled are taught to use appropriate assistive devices and home safety modifications. While the specific results and goals of therapy vary for each patient, the overarching goal is to reach the highest possible level of mobility and independence. We work closely with family members and caregivers to support each individual’s progress.
Occupational Therapy Techniques
Occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to help patients adapt their home environment and daily routine to the limitations placed by disability. Activities that have become difficult, such as cooking a meal, are broken into small steps that are practiced until the person feels confident enough to achieve this goal independently. If hand strength is an issue, for example, the therapist will recommend daily exercises to build capability in that area. For some people, medical devices support the goals of occupational therapy. This could include a special chair, ramps or stairlifts, special keyboards or mice to assist with computer use, voice-controlled lights, knives with easy-to-hold handles, and other equipment to facilitate challenging tasks.
If you or a loved one has become disabled and has trouble completing normal activities of daily living, AdventHealth Rehabilitative Services is here to help. Our occupational therapists have advanced degrees as well as specialized training in providing care for those with Parkinson’s disease. When you request an appointment, we’ll schedule you for a thorough evaluation at your choice of 12 convenient Daytona Beach-area locations. You can also complete our online risk assessment to determine if you or a loved one would benefit from occupational therapy.