April is Occupational Therapy Month.
Occupational therapists focus on helping people regain or learn new skills to improve their ability to function as independently as possible.
Occupational therapists at Jamestown Regional Medical Center develop a personalized treatment approach for patients with conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, arthritis, diabetes, Parkinsons disease and low vision. Occupational therapy may focus on areas such as dressing skills, managing a checkbook, meal preparation, bathing safely and returning to driving after an injury or illness. We provide specialized care for a wide variety of arm and hand injuries. Our therapists are trained in custom splint fabrication, the only OTs providing this service in Jamestown!
Walking may be difficult or impossible for some people. At times a wheelchair or other mobility device is necessary. Our occupational therapists perform wheelchair assessments to determine whether one would be appropriate and determine the features that would best meet your needs. We also have an occupational therapist whom is certified in lymphedema (chronic swelling) treatment, another specialty within the field of OT.
Our therapists perform worksite ergonomic evaluations to assess and make recommendations for ways to modify environments and tasks to reduce and prevent work-related injuries. Home safety evaluations are also done to assess an individual’s needs and make appropriate, safe and low-cost modifications. These interventions can help you remain in your home and function more independently.
Thank you to JRMC’s Occupational therapists!
For more information on JRMC’s Occupational Therapy contact Leann Ripplinger at 952-4073 or Amy Walz at 952-4072.