Occupational therapy is often included as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation
plan. A patient may be referred to an occupational therapist by a specialist
in orthopedics or by another healthcare provider. The goal of occupational
therapy is to help patients enjoy independent and productive lives by
allowing them to compensate for loss of function. Occupational therapists at
Palms West Hospital can also help patients improve cognitive and motor functions.
When Self-Care Skills and Daily Functioning Are Limited
Occupational therapists work closely with patients to determine their limitations
and goals for rehabilitation. Often, occupational therapists help patients
regain or improve the ability to dress, bathe, and groom themselves to
reduce their dependence on other people. Occupational therapy can allow
patients to learn new ways of
performing the activities of daily living, including household chores, meal preparation, and work activities.
When Recovering from Surgery
Many patients require rehab programs after surgery, including those who
undergo joint replacement surgeries. When patients anticipate an upcoming
surgery, they may consult an occupational therapist in advance to discuss
ways of modifying the home environment that can support their recovery.
An occupational therapist can help patients learn how to use assistive
devices and to otherwise compensate for reduced function during recovery.
After Surviving a Stroke
Stroke recovery is often called a lifelong process. Each stroke survivor
has unique needs and limitations. Some may only be mildly impaired, while
others are severely disabled. An occupational therapist can help all of
these patients improve their degree of functioning and reduce their dependence
When Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability
Children and adults with developmental disabilities can benefit from receiving
occupational therapy. An occupational therapist focuses on helping patients
achieve maximum functioning by teaching adaptive methods of task completion
and modifying the steps of essential tasks. Occupational therapists often
work with individuals with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Down syndrome.
Along with our specialists in orthopedics and pediatrics, Palms West Hospital
features compassionate providers of services for
rehabilitation near Loxahatchee, FL. To learn more about rehab at our community hospital, please visit our
website and browse our list of medical services. A registered nurse is
available 24/7 at (561) 345-7009.