Occupational rehabilitation helps people regain independence in performing everyday activities and tasks after an injury or illness has affected their mobility and motor control, often due to neurological damage. Such rehab helps people learn or relearn activities of daily living and provides special adaptive equipment and technology as necessary.
You may need occupational rehabilitation if an injury or condition has limited your ability to function effectively. Occupational rehabilitation helps people with acute and chronic conditions, including dementia, cancer and its treatment, developmental disorders, and neurological and neuromuscular conditions.
Specific conditions include:
At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, our occupational therapists (OTs) work with you to manage your condition or heal from a stroke or neurosurgery. Find a neurologist or neurosurgeon associated with St. Rose or call (702) 616-4900 to see if you would benefit from occupational rehabilitation in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV.
What Occupational Rehabilitation Offers
During occupational rehabilitation, OTs work with you using the following techniques:
- Activities of daily living training, including bathing, dressing, feeding yourself, and driving
- Assistive device training, including grab bars, canes, and walkers
- Body mechanics training, including body alignment and exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and motor skills
- Environment modifications, including installing handrails, removing area rugs, and raising or lowering countertops, appliances, and furniture
- Neuromuscular retraining to improve hand-eye coordination, visual processing, and nerve function
- Return to work programs, including energy conservation skills and ergonomic changes to the workplace
- Sensory integration training to improve sensations, touch, balance, and spatial awareness
Partnering with an OT in Las Vegas, NV
When beginning occupational rehabilitation at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals, your occupational therapist will evaluate your current abilities and review your activity goals in order to create a treatment plan with the best chance of success.
For example, if you have a progressive illness or condition, the goal will be to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, using adaptive equipment as necessary. If you live at home, your OT may make a home visit to evaluate how you well will be able to function at home and make changes to your living space, such as grab bars in the bathroom.
You will work with your therapist on specific exercises and learning new techniques. Your therapist will evaluate your need for adaptive equipment, such as splints or braces, special eating utensils, writing tools, a wheelchair, or an adapted car to drive, and help you obtain them.
An occupational therapist is part of your neurorehabilitation team, which may also include a physical therapist and a speech therapist. Their goal is to help you achieve the highest level of independence possible.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers occupational rehab in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV as part of our neurological care services.