Many people think occupational therapy refers to helping people find a job. In a sense they are correct. Occupational therapy helps people with the job of living and taking care of one’s self.
Occupational therapists help individuals regain their level of independence to perform daily activities including eating, dressing, bathing, toileting, and homemaking tasks. It can include improving strength, range-of-motion (ROM), activity tolerance, balance, and gross and fine motor coordination or cognition to allow a person to complete their self cares, leisure activities, or return to work.
Occupational therapists at Prairie Lakes Rehab treat patients in a variety of settings; such as, inpatient, outpatient, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. Some of the diagnoses occupational therapists work with include orthopedic, neurological, respiratory, cardiac, traumatic brain injury, and general weakness patients. Home safety is also an area of expertise for occupational therapists. We can assess the safety of an individual within their home and make recommendation for adaptive equipment to allow him or her to continue living in their home for a longer period of time.
Our job is to get people living a more productive and rewarding life as independently and safely as possible. If you are in need of occupational therapy services, please contact Prairie Lakes Rehabilitation Services at 605-882-7700 and we would be glad to assist you.