Occupational Therapy (Inpatient)

If you're hospitalized, your doctor may recommend occupational therapy to improve your ability to perform everyday tasks. An illness or injury can make it difficult to do things you once did, like getting dressed or cooking.

The skilled and supportive occupational therapists at Essentia will work with you to relearn or improve these skills and help you regain your independence. After you get out of the hospital, your doctor may want you to continue seeing an occupational therapist on an outpatient basis.

What’s Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Occupational therapy is designed to improve your functional independence and help you participate in the things you want and need to do. As part of your treatment your therapist will:

  • Evaluate your abilities and challenges
  • Help you build personal care skills like bathing, dressing, and cooking
  • Make recommendations for assistive devices if necessary
  • Provide education

As part of your care, your therapist may also conduct evaluations like:

  • Dementia evaluations and caregiver education
  • Neuromuscular evaluations for strengthening

Occupational Therapy for Children

Our therapists can help your child develop skills needed to learn, play, and complete daily activities. We will work with your child to improve:

  • Fine-motor skills
  • Focus and attention
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Self-care tasks, such as bathing and dressing
  • Social skills

Assistive Devices

Rely on your therapist to teach you how to use assistive devices to help perform tasks and activities. These devices may include:

  • Mobility aids, including wheelchairs
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Memory aids
  • Computer software and technology, such as screen readers
  • Devices to help with bathing, grooming, dressing, and more

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