Lake Region Healthcare offers a variety of occupational therapy services to meet our patients' needs on the rehabilitation unit. Our services are performed by licensed occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. They work with adults who, because of physical, developmental, social or emotional conditions, need specialized assistance to help restore independent and meaningful lives. The main focus of an occupational therapist is to work with patients to help them achieve fulfilled and satisfied lives through the use of purposeful activity or interventions designed to achieve functional outcomes.
How Occupational Therapy Benefits You
Occupational therapy is a skilled service that helps people achieve their highest level of independence. Our services include customized interventions developed to help the patient achieve a safe level of functioning in the following areas:
- Basic self-care skills, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, homemaking, work and leisure activities as appropriate.
- Cognitive retraining to promote safety with everyday activities.
- Education on range-of-motion and muscle strengthening exercises to assist with achieving functional outcomes.
- Recommendations/education on adaptive equipment that may be used in everyday life to maximize a person’s potential to reach a functional and safe independence.
Driver Rehabilitation Program
Our team of occupational therapy practitioners recognizes the ability to drive is an important key to a person’s independence. Driver evaluations are completed in this program to determine if individuals with any variety of medical conditions are safe to drive.
Outcomes of this evaluation may include recommendations to continue/resume driving, refrain from driving at this time, participate in driver training, drive with adaptive driving equipment or continue/resume driving with restrictions.
Our comprehensive driving evaluation includes a clinical and behind the wheel phase. All individuals participating in the program must meet the following criteria:
- Have a physician's referral.
- Have a learner’s permit or valid driver’s license.
- Have not experienced loss of consciousness or seizure within the past six months.
We understand the ability to drive has significant importance for people, and therefore address driving issues with sensitivity and concern.
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