Regaining Function and Independence
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Valley Hospital Medical Center is dedicated to helping patients improve their quality of life by promoting maximal function and independence. Our goal is to facilitate their reintegration into the community.
The occupational therapy staff works with all disciplines, including neurosciences, orthopedics, gerontology, hematology, oncology and general medicine. Occupational therapy services are provided to outpatients, hospitalized patients and patients who are specifically admitted to our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.
Our clinical expertise and core values of compassion and respect demonstrate our firm commitment to providing the highest quality of care for our patients.
Occupational therapy can benefit adults recovering from many conditions, including:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain tumor
- Neuromuscular disease
- Total joint replacement and orthopedic surgery
- Arthritis and rheumatic disease
- Upper extremity and hand injury
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapists use therapeutic approaches to restore and enhance each patient's living skills. Patients are trained to resume their daily routines, including toileting, grooming, bathing, dressing, cooking and working. Specific services include:
- Evaluation and treatment of cognitive function.
- Evaluation and treatment of visual perception.
- Evaluation and treatment of ocular motor function.
- Community reintegration skills, including money management, shopping and the use of public transportation.
- Training for Activities of Daily Living, including self-care and homemaking.
- Assessing safety for independent living.
- Hand Therapy: splinting, controlled range of motion exercises and edema control
- Work conditioning to prepare for returning to a daily work regimen.
- Pre-vocational evaluation focusing on hand function, work skills and simple tasks.
- Home evaluations to determine home accessibility, helpful modifications and supportive equipment needs.