Do the activities you enjoy and increase your independence with rehabilitation services from occupational therapists at Adventist HealthCare.
What’s Occupational Therapy (OT)?
OT can help you relearn skills or learn a new, easier way to do something. During treatment, you’ll:
- Learn to use adaptive equipment, including long-handled reachers, sponges and shoehorns
- Practice activities of daily living (ADL), such as eating, dressing, grooming and bathing
- Use exercises to increase your strength, range of motion and coordination
Rely on your therapist to listen and answer your questions. In a supportive group or individual session, you may benefit from:
- Evaluations for assistive tools
- Hand therapy
- Home management skill training
- Mobility services
- Other types of rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy
- Support services like mental health care, spiritual care and pain management
- Transfer training, which helps you learn to safely move from place to place, such as from a bed to a chair
If you get inpatient care at an Adventist HealthCare hospital, you may be asked to do a home assessment before you leave the facility. This means you’ll answer questions about your home and your OT will suggest changes that can make your home safer. Your OT may recommend grab bars, hand-held shower heads or ramps.
Find out if it’s safe for you or a loved one to drive a vehicle, and, if so, how to make driving as easy and risk-free as possible. Take advantage of Adventist HealthCare’s partnership with Brant’s Driving School.
Do I Need Driving Rehab?
Driver rehabilitation may be right for you after a brain injury, heart attack, amputation or stroke. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, brittle bone disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy, the program can help determine if you’re able to safely drive.
What to Expect
You’ll take a test of your physical and mental abilities, vision and driving skills. If you pass, certified professionals may recommend a driving refresher course or training on adaptive equipment.
If you don’t pass, you’ll get advice on alternatives to driving, such as using public transportation or relying on family and friends who drive. Ask your instructor if you’re able to retake the test.