This specialized health and rehabilitation program helps patients achieve independence despite loss of function or disability. Dean's Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants work with patients who have, or develop, health conditions that significantly affect their ability to manage their daily lives.
Occupational therapists work individually with each patient to address their physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems with the goals of:
- Achieving or regaining a higher level of function and independent living
- Creative solutions and adaptive living when skill and strength cannot be developed or improved
Common conditions that may require occupational therapy are:
- Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
- Orthopedic problems
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Arthritis, tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
- Neurological conditions of the hand and upper extremity
- Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
- Behavioral or mental health problems including Alzheimer's, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
- Vision or cognitive problems, spinal cord injuries, or amputations that impair independent living
- Problems with drug and alcohol abuse
How Can I Receive Occupational Therapy Services?
A physician referral is required for occupational therapy services. If you don't have a primary care provider, please use our Provider Directory to find a provider that meets your needs. Occupational therapists will work with referring physicians and other therapy specialists to provide individualized evaluations and therapy plans for each patient.