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Occupational Therapy - Outpatient

What we do

Outpatient occupational therapy is part of the outpatient Neuro Rehab program. The occupational therapist provides assessment and treatment for patients age 14 and above who have a decline in functional ability and difficulty with daily living skills. Patients may be diagnosed with neuromuscular diseases (MS, Parkinson's), neurological disorders (stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury), impaired visual-perceptual skills, impaired fine motor skills, or onset of falls.

Treatment is coordinated between the therapist, the patient, the family/caregiver, the referring physician, and any external consultants. The occupational therapist works closely with other disciplines in the program including speech therapy, physical therapy, and neuropsychology. Formal communication between team members occurs during weekly staff meetings.


  • Vision assessment and vision rehabilitation
  • Upper extremity assessment and treatment
  • Home safety evaluation
  • Driver evaluation (clinic-based)
  • Activities of daily living
    (bathing/dressing, home management, medication management, meal preparation, money management)
  • Community reintegration
  • Executive functioning skills/compensatory strategies
  • Job site evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps people of all ages and disabilities to become independent in their daily activities. OT evaluates safety and independence with Activities of Daily Living (ADLS) including the following:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Toilet and tub transfers
  • Kitchen mobility
  • Meal preparation
  • Homemaking skills
  • Work/ Play activities

OT specializes in assisting persons to regain function lost due to medical and neurological conditions, hand injuries, work related injuries, visual deficits, and various orthopedic conditions.

Occupational Therapy evaluates patient safety and the need for adaptive equipment, or splinting to improve success in everyday life activities.

Occupational Therapy teaches skills for the job of living!

Occupational Therapy is part of a multidisciplinary team and provides services to patients in the main hospital, as outpatient and in the community.


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If you need help finding a physician, please call our Physician Referral Line at 734-475-4050. As of June 9, 2012, phone number is 734-593-5899.


Inside the main hospital in the main hallway, across from PT.

Appointment/Contact Information

Call for Appointments: 734-475-4138
As of June 9, 2012, phone number is 734-593-5620
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