Occupational Therapy: Because life is made to LIVE and where our GOAL is to help you achieve yours!
The occupational therapy department at FCMC is available to you during your inpatient or rehab stay at FCMC, for all those who call FCMC home in LTC and through outpatient services. Our dedicated and compassionate staff are here to help you and your family begin to Live Life to the Fullest.
Occupational Therapy is not career training....Occupation is defined as meaningful activities of daily life (self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) especially to enable or encourage participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning
Occupational therapy at FCMC looks at the function and independence of people across the lifespan and works individually to retrain, restore and adapt environments and processes to improve the overall quality of life. Occupational therapy takes a holistic approach towards functional and your daily routine. They look at individual's "occupations” or, their everyday activities. OT's work specifically to maximize a person's quality of life and improve their ability to safely and effortlessly engage in daily tasks.
Occupational therapy services typically include:
Evaluation of current function and needs, during which the patient and occupational therapist work together to develop a plan that will work towards success in areas valued by the patient.
Development of a customized approach for treatment that focuses on the person’s ability to engage daily in everyday activities
Routine assessment of progress towards goals in order to ensure that the original plan is effectively working towards end goal of success.
Occupational therapy services can also include assessment of home and work/school environments to allow specific recommendations and adaptations for improved independence.
At your first occupational therapy visit you can expect to be assessed by an occupational therapist. This therapist will initially review your medical history and medication list, ask for your report of injury and then review any information obtained from your physician and testing. They will then complete a physical assessment, review your home environment, work/school situation and other daily occupational routines. Once the assessment is complete, they will review their findings with you and discuss goals and treatment approaches for improvement of daily routines and debility.
Your occupational therapist will work closely with any certified occupational therapy assistants who will be assisting in your care. Together, they will provide a team approach to address all of our individual needs.
Activities you may experience in OT that will improve your ability to complete daily responsibilities:
Upper body exercise Activities of Daily Living training Coordination/Balance Exercise Modification recommendations Heat/Ice Massage Electrical Stimulation Ultrasound Adaptive Equipment training Manual mobilizations Splinting Education
Tips to make your OT experience most effective;
Outpatient participants should plan to arrive 20 min early on the day of your evaluation in order to register your information at the front desk. Having this completed before your scheduled start time allow the therapist adequate time to complete the necessary evaluation during your session. For subsequent visits the first session of each calendar month, this same holds true. A new account needs to be created each month for us to bill your insurance. Though the process is shorter, it is time consuming so be sure to arrive early in order to get the full benefit of all your scheduled treatment time.
Have medical history and list of medications available
Be honest about pain and limitations. The therapist needs a clear understanding of how your injury is impacting your daily function in order to establish a plan.
Communicate any functional limitations that you have at home, work or during your everyday life.
Ask for clarification if your therapist mentions something that you are not familiar with. We want to help you so, If you have a question, ask!
Don’t assume that because you can manage to get something done that you can do it well. Let us know if you struggle with something and let your therapist use their training and experience to possibly make things a little bit easier for you. OT professionals tend to be very creative and are trained to help you live life with more ease.
Your follow through with recommended strategies and modifications will maximize your outcomes during our occupational therapy experience. If you try something and it does not work, review that with your therapist so they can provide you with alternative strategies.
Careers in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy Assistant: (COTA)
Observe patients progress and report to a occupational therapist. Use exercises, conditioning, self-care training, adaptive equipment, splinting, social skills training and provide education to help patients increase independence with their daily lives.
Help patients identify their daily occupations and provide skilled treatment to improve performance.
Identify adaptive strategies and provide patient and family education to integrate into daily routines.
Assist with OT team in providing exercise, activity and training to achieve functional goals.
Education Level: Associates Degree (2-3 years)
See AOTA website for detailed COTA career information: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Considering-OT-Career/Resources.aspx
Occupational Therapist: (OT)
- Evaluate a patient's condition and needs
- Evaluate a patient's home or workplace and, based on the patient's health needs, identify potential improvements.
- Develop a treatment plan for patients.
- Recommend special equipment.
- Assess and record patients' activities and progress.
Education Level: Masters (5-6 years)
See AOTA website for detailed OTR career information: http://www.aota.org/Education-Careers/Considering-OT-Career/Resources.aspx