Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapist meeting with patient.Med1Care Therapy Partner’s specialize in occupational therapy. If you are struggling with a task or suffering from an injury or condition that makes it difficult to function at home, at school or in your job, occupational therapy can help you adapt to performing in each of these environments, sometimes with assistive devices.

Occupational therapy can support the ability to do tasks, including:

  • Eating without assistance from others
  • Engaging in leisure activities
  • Completing office work
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Cleaning the house
  • Doing laundry

Occupational therapy is for people of all ages who want to perform activities or tasks in an easier, less painful way.

How does an occupational therapist help?

During the assessment phase, an occupational therapist (OT) can come to your home, school or workplace to watch the way you function in your environment and suggest changes that can make tasks and chores easier, such as moving furniture or using a grabber.

Next your occupational therapist can work with you to setup a treatment plan, individualized to your goals and capabilities. The OT can help you adapt the way you move, teach you to do tasks in new ways, improve motor skills and improve hand-eye coordination.

Your occupational therapist may:

  • Assist with a child’s aggressive behavior
  • Build hand-eye coordination, so you can hit a pickleball
  • Help you acclimate to changes in speech or memory following a stroke
  • Help you work on the computer
  • Improve motor skills, so you can grasp a pen
  • Organize your household items or medications
  • Recommend assistive devices and teach you how to use them, such as a wheelchair or raised toilet seat
  • Teach you clever ways to button a shirt, lace your shoes, safely get in and out of the shower
  • Work with you to improve balance, adapt your home to prevent injuries and build muscle strength

Occupational therapy can enhance your independence and make it easier to engage in purposeful activities, so you can perform routine tasks at home, at school and at work.

Read more about occupational therapy here.

How We Can Help

If you need assistance engaging in purposeful activities with less resistance, our experienced occupational therapists can help you adapt to limitations, modify your environment, and improve your motor skills to decrease your pain and improve your quality of life.

Med1Care Therapy Partner’s experienced occupational therapists are trained in providing personalized care. We will partner with your physician to help you build a unique treatment plan that improves your ability to function with specialized exercises and education on easier ways to manage daily living.

Call us at 419.866.0555 to schedule a consultation.
Our specialists will help you chart a course forward.

Physical therapy for stroke patients. Doctor reading x-ray chart.Any person struggling to do an activity can benefit with occupational therapy.

Common health problems benefited by occupational therapy include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Balance difficulties
  • Birth defects
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Diabetes
  • Head trauma
  • Joint injury
  • Learning problems
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Poor eyesight
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Severe injuries
  • Spinal injury
  • Stroke

PT performing occupational therapy on patient's hand.The primary difference between the two fields is that physical therapy helps patients cope with pain, increase range of motion, improve endurance, and develop gross motor skills; occupational therapy focuses more on how clients perform activities and roles that are most important to their daily lives, including assessing and treating physical, psychosocial, behavioral, cognitive, or sensory skills.

  • PT focuses on helping improve movement, mobility and function by a variety of exercises, stretches or physical activities.
  • OT focuses on assisting with performing day to day activities as well as making environment more optimal for everyday life.
  • “Two sides of the same coin.”

Child using a hand therapy game.Occupational therapy can help kids across their life: at home, at school and at play. It helps boost a child’s sense of achievement and well-being.

Occupational therapy can assist a child with tasks like:

  • Copying notes from a whiteboard
  • Developing computer skills
  • Grasping and releasing toys
  • Hitting a tennis ball
  • Learning positive ways to manage frustration and anger
  • Obtaining equipment that helps build independence, like wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing tools and communication helpers
  • Self-care, such as bathing, dressing, brushing teeth and unassisted eating
  • Working on legible handwriting