April Occupational Therapy Month April is Occupational Therapy month. The Sioux Valley Vermillion Occupational Therapy Department would like to take this opportunity to promote the profession of occupational therapy as well as discuss the specific services provided in our community. This week's article will explain what occupational therapy is, who needs occupational therapy, and other important facts about occupational therapy. In the upcoming weeks, articles will include patients in our community who have received occupational therapy services and will discuss their journey through the rehabilitation process. What is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work with people of all ages who, because of physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists are employed by hospitals, long-term care facilities, schools, mental health institutions, and specialized clinics. They work as members of the health care team and work closely with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, speech pathologists or audiologists, and other health care professionals. Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals. The occupational therapist enters the field with a bachelor or master's degree. The occupational therapy assistant earns an associate's degree. Each service provider completes a period of supervised clinical experience and must pass a national examination. The Facts about Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence. Services include:
* Customized treatment programs aimed at improving abilities to carry out activities of daily living (for example; eating, dressing, bathing, cooking, driving, work, or leisure).
* Comprehensive evaluation of home and job environments and recommendations on necessary adaption.
* Assessment and treatment for work performance skills.
* Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace loss of function.
* Instructions to family members and care givers in safe and effective methods of caring for individuals. Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?
* People with work related injuries.
* People who have had a stroke or heart attack.
* People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other serious injuries.
* Children with birth injuries, learning problems or development disabilities.
* People with mental health problems.
* People with burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations.
* People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls, or accidents. What Occupational Therapy services are provided in our local community? The Sioux Valley Vermillion Occupational Therapy Department services inpatients, outpatients, home health patients, long-term care residents, and provides ergonomic consultations in the community. To learn more about occupational therapy, contact Amy Hertz or Lisa Dangler at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center at 624-2611, ext. 334. Remember to watch for upcoming articles in April issues of the Vermillion Plain Talk.