Occupational Therapy: Improving Daily Living

How Can Occupational Therapy Help You?

Like physical therapy, occupational therapy is concerned with improving motor and sensory abilities. Occupational therapists help patients relearn skills needed for performing self-directed activities-occupations, such as personal grooming, preparing meals and housecleaning. Therapists often teach people to divide a complex activity into its component parts, practice each part and then perform the whole sequence of actions. This strategy can improve coordination and is often used to help patients—such as stroke patients— relearn how to carry out planned actions.

Occupational therapists also teach people how to develop strategies for changing their environment so that their daily living activities are not limited. For example, people with the use of only one hand can substitute Velcro closures for buttons on clothing. Occupational therapists also help people make changes in their homes to increase safety, remove barriers and facilitate physical functioning, such as installing grab bars in bathrooms.

Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities.

State-of-the-Art Occupational Therapy Hospital

Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is a physician-owned facility located in Sherman, Texas. The hospital’s state-of-the-art in-patient rehabilitation services meets the complex healthcare needs of patients who require acute rehabilitative care. Carrus’s resources include a long-term acute care rehabilitation hospital for critically ill patients with complex healthcare needs, a full range of physical therapy and occupational therapy equipment, a special procedures area that provides CT scans, sleep studies and IV infusions, as well as four beautifully decorated courtyards for our patients’ enjoyment. Carrus Rehabilitation Hospital is licensed by the State of Texas and the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, and is an approved provider for Medicare.

Carrus Specialty Hospital serves Sherman, Durant, Denison, Gainesville, Denton, McKinney, Plano, Bonham, Lewisville, Carrollton, Fort Worth, Dallas, Oklahoma City and beyond.