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Occupational therapy seeks to help people across the lifespan participate in necessary, purposeful, and meaningful activities, or “occupations”, so that they can live their life to the fullest. Occupational therapy practitioners help clients maximize their independence in any personal care, work, play, or leisure task despite any injury, illness, or disability they may be living with.
Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which all aspects of the person and environment are considered when establishing goals to promote engagement, participation, and health. We believe in the “client centered” approach, in which the client, with the help of the occupational therapy practitioner, identifies his or her own priorities and desired goals. By valuing and respecting clients’ input, we can more effectively guide interventions which ultimately will lead to increased satisfaction and quality of life.
Scope of Practice
Occupational therapy practitioners at CCMH are certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Minnesota. Demonstration of continued professional development is mandated for the maintenance of the certification and licensure.
Occupational therapy intervention typically begins with a physician referral. Many times, a referral can be obtained by simply calling your primary health care provider and asking for a referral. We pride ourselves in working with people of all ages from babies to older adults, and all types of diagnoses/disabilities. We work with people in all settings, including hospital inpatients, outpatients (which may include within your home environment), and home-health.
Occupational therapy practitioners work closely with the entire healthcare team to assist in meeting all of your needs. Occupational therapy intervention aims to restore function and/or adapt/compensate for loss of function so that you can continue to live your life to the fullest.
Common diagnoses that benefit from occupational therapy include:
- Chronic Pain
- Wrist and hand injuries or pain
- People who have difficulty breathing due to diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- People who have experienced memory loss or those diagnosed with a type of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease
- Children with developmental disorders, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, ADHD, sensory dysfunction, or Autism.
- People who have had any type of orthopedic surgery (hip/knee replacements)
- Brain Injury
Others who benefit from occupational therapy:
- Older adults who are interested in staying as independent for as long as possible
- People who have questions about home modifications, environmental safety concerns, or accessibility
- Workers who have questions or concerns about ergonomics and joint protection to prevent injury
- People having difficulty with day-to-day tasks due to depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues
- Anyone providing care to someone with a disease/disability who wants to be a better caregiver
- Anyone else who has a goal of maintaining or increasing their level of independence with their “daily occupations”