Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that helps people with physical, developmental, or emotional disabilities lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

An occupational therapist, or OT, is part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team and often directs the following types of care: 

  • Evaluates children with developmental or neuromuscular problems and helps plan treatments that will help them grow mentally, socially, and physically
  • Assists adults in learning how to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) at home, on the job, and in the community
  • Helps the elderly adjust to the special problems of aging while remaining physically and mentally active
  • Recommends changes in layout and design of the home, school, or workplace to allow people with disabilities greater access and mobility
  • Teaches energy conservation and work simplification methods
  • Improves communication skills, such as reading, writing, and using the telephone

For more information, contact:

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Health Park, St. Joseph
(269) 428-2799

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Niles 
(269) 683-6800

Lakeland Rehabilitation Services, Coloma 
(269) 468-4318

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