April is Occupational Therapy Month

April is 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.

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 associates 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 adaptation.


* 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 illnesses.


* Children with birth injuries, learning problems or developmental 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.


* People with vision loss resulting from disorders of the eye, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy.

The Sioux Valley Occupational Therapy Department services inpatients, outpatients, home health patients, long term care residents, and provides ergonomic consultations in the community. New programs involving Occupational Therapy which have been developed in this past year include the Pulmonary Rehab Program and the Driving Evaluation and Training Program.

The Pulmonary Rehab program provides education and rehabilitation services for individuals with disorders of the lungs, with the assistance of respiratory therapy, physical, and occupational therapy as well as nutrition.

The Driving Evaluation and Training Program is a satellite program with Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. The program offers driving evaluation and skills training or retraining to provide older adults and those with disabilities the opportunity for independence through driving. This program allows the individual to receive all services in Vermillion to better serve members of our community.

To learn more about Occupational Therapy or if you are interested in our services, contact Amy Hertz or Lisa Dangler at Sioux Valley Vermillion Occupational Therapy Department, 605-638-8334.

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