Inpatient Occupational Therapy
After surgery, everyday tasks such as taking a shower or preparing a meal may seem daunting, if not impossible. New England Baptist Hospital occupational therapists work with patients, using a patient centered philosophy, to improve and restore their ability to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities of daily living, focusing on what the person needs, wants, and is expected to perform safely and with confidence. This includes instruction in the use of adaptive equipment for self-care routines, functional mobility for bathroom transfers, home management, work, and engagement in leisure interest. In addition, our occupational therapists work with patients to minimize barriers in their environment that might limit their ability to participate in a full and active lifestyle.
Our occupational therapists generally work with patients once or twice during their hospitalization after they are up and moving safely. For most surgical patients, this is typically day one or two. Our occupational therapists work closely with the team of physicians, physical therapists, registered nurses, case managers, and others to design a specific treatment plan to ensure a safe discharge from the hospital. Many patients meet their goals and are ready for discharge within a few days to home or to a rehabilitation facility for further therapy prior to returning home.
Occupational therapists are available 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with the goal of providing evidence-based therapy which encompasses the most up-to-date developments in rehabilitative practices.