Occupational therapy is a rehabilitative profession focused on helping people reach their maximum level of independence in daily activities. Occupational therapy utilizes occupational tasks as the primary means to rehabilitation.
Occupational tasks are all the activities that a person participates in on a given day. Examples are: dressing, brushing teeth, eating, cleaning, money management, shopping, driving, parenting, and employment.
When are occupational therapy services indicated?
Individuals commonly receive occupational therapy services after illness, neurological impairment (stroke, head injury, neuromuscular disease), surgery, injury, arthritis or onset of pain, and chronic pain which decreases their ability to perform daily living and job related tasks.
Areas of limitation may include: loss of movement, weakness, loss of balance, cognitive impairment, and visual impairment.
Children may require occupational therapy services to remediate or advance impaired developmental milestones.
Will I benefit from occupational therapy even if I don't have a job?
Occupational therapy strives to facilitate the patient's recovery and return to his maximum potential for a satisfying, productive life.
Occupational skills encompass all life skill activities from the most basic such as grooming and hygiene, to job related skills.
Occupational therapy helps the patient restore abilities and thereby become as independent as possible in skills for daily living.
What is the scope of occupational therapy services at OSF St. Mary?
Individual inpatient and outpatient services are provided at our state of the art facility.
Patients of all ages with a variety of diagnoses are treated. Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas enable the patient to practice skills necessary for transitioning to the home.
Common treatment interventions include: therapeutic exercises (orthopedic, neurological, general rehab and work conditioning), splinting (SAEBO), neuromuscular re-education, manual therapy, chronic pain management, self-care and home management assessment and training, cognitive retraining, ergonomic/safe at home/driving screens, wheelchair recommendations and pre-work screens/work re-entry training.
With children, our services encompass sensory neurological development, fine motor coordination and visual motor/visual perceptual impairments.
How do I find out if I may benefit from occupational therapy?
Call OSF St. Mary Medical Center Health and Rehabilitation Services at 309-344-9600 for more information or contact your physician.
All patients must have a physician's referral to be treated by OSF St. Mary OT Staff.