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What is Occupational Therapy?

December 31, 2015

Occupational therapy may sound like it has something to do with career-related activities but that’s a common misconception. It’s actually used to help patients be able to handle daily activities no matter what illness they have experienced. Some daily activities include self-care, leisure activities and work. This helps to allow more independence for the patient.

Occupational therapists can work in many places ranging from rehabilitation centers such as here at Deptford, all the way to schools and prisons. They make sure that patients have the ability to engage in the activities that they want or need to engage in no matter what is currently preventing them to do so, with the goal of helping them to live full and productive lives.

How do you know if you need occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy can help patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly. If you’ve had an injury or illness that makes it difficult for you to do activities such as get dressed, you may need this type of therapy. Maybe a certain condition makes it hard for you to drive or your child may not be having fun playing with other children due to a learning disability. Many veterans need occupational therapy after mental or physical trauma. All these scenarios can be helped by occupational therapy. A occupational therapist can help you figure out your individual goals and help you to achieve them right here at Deptford Center.

Deptford Center is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Deptford Center, contact us by phone 24/7 at 856.845.9400, or visit us at 1511 Clements Bridge Rd, Deptford, NJ 08096.

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