Occupational therapy incorporates meaningful and purposeful activity to enable you to participate in everyday life, even with your
limitations. Our Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls occupational therapist work with you to make daily living easier, such as cooking, dressing, and showering.
If you suffer from a physically, developmentally, mentally, or emotionally disabling condition, we can help. Use our Transitions
Rehabilitation occupational therapy program to treat:
• Joint replacements
• Heart Conditions
Your first visit includes an examination and development of a plan of care that helps you perform activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing, cooking, and eating. Your occupational therapist will work side-by-side with you to make sure the goals of the treatment plan are met. Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity or the ability to discern patterns.
Our Occupational Therapists
All of our occupational therapists are licensed health care professionals with a bachelors or masters in occupational therapy. Our occupational therapy assistants typically have an associates degree and treat under the supervision of a occupational therapist.
Out-Patient Occupational Therapy
Out-patients are typically those who have issues with their hands or shoulders. You need a physician’s prescription in order to schedule treatment.
Treatments are typically two to three days a week for one hour each visit. Treatment will be similar to the inpatient, depending on your goals and specific limitations.
In-Patient Occupational Therapy
Treatments are typically five to six days a week, one or two visit per day depending on your goals. Each treatment lasts 30 to 50 minutes. However, time varies depending upon the need of the resident.
Your occupational therapy program will:
Build your arm strength so using
your walker, sitting, and standing are easier. Treatment includes using resistance bands, weights, the Wii, arm bike, or weighted pulleys.
Improve your balance so showering, dressing, and kitchen tasks are easier. Treatment includes preparing a meal or snack in the kitchen and standing exercises.
Identify hazards so you can implement safe practices and routines. Treatment includes performing dressing and showering tasks safely.
Incorporate assistive technology or equipment so your daily tasks are easier. This includes items like tub bench, toilet riser, reacher, etc.
We also create an exercise program so you can continue your therapy when you return home.
As you progress through therapy and are nearing your discharge to home, we encourage a home assessment. Your therapist will join you and a family member on a visit to your home to make sure it is set up for you to be successful. We evaluate the placement of furniture, tripping hazards (i.e. rugs), lay out of bathroom (i.e. grab bars), accessibility of items in cupboards or closets, and accessibility in and out of your home (i.e. steps).
Treatment at Dove Healthcare - South could also include aquatic therapy. Treatment would consist of exercises and movements to increase strength and balance or decrease pain in the safe, warm water environment of our Transition Aquatic Therapy pool.