June 6, 2011
Occupational Therapy staff, from left, Maureen O’Connell, OTR/L; Maura Clune, OTR/L; Matt Clifford, OTR/L; and Deanna White, COTA, stand in the rehab kitchen.
Mercy Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department, part of Catholic Health's Partners in Rehab, plays an important role in addressing the overall needs of patients as they work towards recovery from a recent injury or illness such as stroke.
Occupational therapists (OT) and certified occupational therapy assistants (COTA) help people participate in things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
In the hospital setting, therapists may help patients regain strength in their upper body, and with tasks such as grooming, bathing, eating, dressing, and visual compensatory strategies.
Patients undergo a thorough evaluation that assesses the patients’ overall safety and helps determine future needs upon discharge from the hospital. OT documentation also includes recommendations for the next level of care, as well as, any adaptive equipment or educational materials required for each patient.
In July, OT staff will implement a new AlphaFIM® instrument to measure the level of function for newly diagnosed stroke patients.