If you have a neurological illness or injury, or have had neurosurgery, your doctor may recommend occupational rehabilitation to help you regain essential physical and mental functions necessary for daily life.
With the support of an occupational therapist, you can learn or relearn activities to maintain independent living, along with training for adaptive devices and technology to assist you. To learn more about occupational rehab in Arizona, Find a Doctor at Dignity Health.
Why Occupational Rehabilitation May be Needed
Occupational rehab is often part of an overall treatment and recovery strategy for acute and chronic conditions, such as brain cancer, dementia, developmental disorders, and neuromuscular and neurological conditions.
Your doctor may suggest occupational rehab for a:
Stroke rehabilitation can help people regain an optimal way of life after a disabling stroke. Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has one of the most experienced and expert stroke programs in the country, caring for more stroke patients than any other center in the southwestern United States.
Occupational Rehab Services at Dignity Health
Depending on your condition and individual needs, you may receive one or more of the following types of occupational rehab:
- Return to work assistance to help you conserve energy and create ergonomic modifications at your workplace (o)r workspace
- Daily living training, including how to dress, bath, drive, and feed yourself
- Body mechanics training, including exercises for strength and range of motion, body alignment, and motor skills
- Neuromuscular training to help enhance hand-eye coordination, nerve function, and visual processing
- Training with assistive devices, including walkers, canes, and grab bars
- Sensory integration training for improving balance, spatial awareness, and touch
- Modifications to your environment, including the installation of handrails, raising or lowering countertops, removing area rugs, and modifying the way you access furniture or appliances
In some cases, you may also receive physical therapy or speech therapy as part of your rehab.
What to Expect With Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy will take place in an outpatient rehab center. Your therapist will assess your abilities to move and function and create a personalized rehab plan for you.
Your rehab program may include learning how to use adaptive equipment, such as:
- Special eating utensils
- Writing tools
- Adapted car to drive
At Dignity Health, our rehab specialists focus on helping people remain independent for as long as possible.
Dignity Health helps people with neurological conditions, including those from illness or injury, improve their well-being with occupational therapy in Arizona.