Occupational Therapy Services
Dependable Home Care provides occupational therapy services to patients requiring rehabilitative therapy so they can perform basic living skills.
Occupational therapists help improve patients ability to perform everyday tasks they may encounter. Patients needing occupational therapy may suffer from a emotional, developmental, mental, or physically disabling conditions. Therapists help clients to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, and to compensate for permanent functional losses. Treatments aim to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills so that clients can lead productive, independent lives.
Activities that occupational therapists help clients to perform can include:
- Physical exercise
- Short term memory building exercises and list making
- Hand to eye co-ordination exercises
- Computer use
Computer programs may be used by patients to help clients improve memory, coordination, perception problem-solving, decision-making, and abstract-reasoning.
Patients with permanent disabilities may need to use of adaptive equipment or prostheses, including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids, and dressing aids, or even computer-aided adaptive equipment. Occupational therapists teach clients how to use these equipment to meet their daily living needs.
Occupational therapists also assess and record a client's activities and progress. They may report to a physician for treatment planning, and to healthcare providers for billing.
Occupational therapists help the elderly lead more productive, active, and independent lives through a variety of methods. Occupational therapists also assess client's homes for hazards that may cause falls.
Occupational therapists treat individuals who are mentally ill, developmentally challenged, or emotionally disturbed by providing activities that help patients learn, cope, and engage in normal life. Activities might include shopping, homemaking, budgeting, and the use of public transportation.
Driver rehabilitation assesses an individual's ability to drive, use adaptive equipment, and training to prolong driving independence, or to use other transportation options.
Occupational therapists may also treat individuals whose ability to function in a work environment has been impaired. They may arrange employment, evaluate the work space, and work with both the client and the employer to modify the work environment to meet the clients work needs, and assess the client's progress.
Occupational Therapist Licensure
New York State requires a license for occupational therapists. Applicants must graduate from an accredited educational program and pass a national certification examination to earn the title “Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).
Occupational Therapist Certification
Certification is voluntary. The National Board for Certifying Occupational Therapy certifies occupational therapists through a national certifying exam. Those who pass the test are awarded the title Occupational Therapist Registered (OTR).
Occupational therapists are expected to continue their professional development by participating in continuing education courses and workshops.