Helping You Improve Skills for Work, School, Leisure & Self-care
Each year occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent injury or live better with an injury, illness or disability. At Mercy, our occupational therapists offer adult and pediatric services to help you or your loved ones improve skills for work, school, leisure and self-care.
Occupational therapy (OT) helps people who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling. The goal is to not only improve basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function.
Our specialized programs include:
Adult Occupational Therapy Services
Mercy occupational therapists focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to you. Solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings or helping you alter your own behaviors.
We can help with a wide range of conditions, including:
- Recovery after orthopedic surgery
- Spinal cord injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Muscular dystrophy
- Mental illness
- Mental retardation
Occupational therapists work on performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating. Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity and the ability to discern patterns. We also use computer programs to help you improve decision-making, abstract-reasoning, problem-solving and perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing and coordination — all of which are important for independent living.
If you have a permanent disability, we can teach you how to use adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs, orthotics and aids for eating and dressing. We also may be involved in working with employers to modify a work area. If you are a senior, we can assess the home for hazards and identify other factors that may contribute to falls.
When dealing with mental health issues, our therapists choose activities that help you learn to engage in and cope with daily life. Activities include time management skills, budgeting, shopping, homemaking and the use of public transportation.