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Occupational Therapy Treatment Information
Occupational therapy services may include:
ADL Performance. Your Occupational Therapist will continually evaluate your performance of ADL/ IADL activities such as: toileting, grooming, dressing, bathing or meal preparation. We will provide you with training and education to return to health and prior level function as well as returning to roles and activities you enjoy.
Environmental evaluation. When needed, our therapists evaluate your home, workplace or other environment where you spend time to determine opportunities for improved function.
Adaptive equipment training. Your occupational therapist will teach you how use special, assistive devices and products to regain your previous level of function. IU Health Rehabilitation therapists can make recommendations on adaptive equipment you might use, and provide training for using the equipment. Adaptive equipment includes special products designed to help you care for yourself, and perform household, work and leisure activities. The goal of adaptive equipment training is to issue adaptive equipment and recommend durable medical equipment to ensure easier and safer activities of daily living (ADLs).
Hand Therapy. IU Health Occupational Therapists offer specialized treatment to address functional limitations that arise following the loss of hand or upper extremity function from accident or illness. We fit patients with orthoses (splints) for prevention of joint deformity, prevention of contractures, and to improve functional use of the upper extremities.
Home Therapy. Focus areas include work and recreational activities as well as daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking and driving. Some strategies involve improving your coordination, strength and other abilities, often with attention to the hands, arms and shoulders. However, occupational therapy also uses approaches such as adjusting the task, modifying your home environment and using special devices, such as splints. We arrange for you to receive home medical equipment if needed.
Patient Education. IU Health Occupational Therapists offer group education sessions to our cardio pulmonary patients and organ transplant patients. Examples of sessions include:
- Energy Conservation to manage fatigue, including modification of ADL tasks, time management and daily planning
- Home safety, including fall prevention, safe bathroom set-up, exercise and adaptive aids that may minimize problems associated with tremors
- Post-transplant expectations, including return to activity and realistic expectation for completing ADL tasks
- Setting Goals so that you can return to your valued roles, including: occupation, family, volunteer and student
Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Locations
LifeWorks – Michigan City
3777 N. Frontage Rd.
Michigan City, IN 46360
IU Health Saxony Hospital Adult Outpatient Services
13100 E. 136th Street, Suite 2100
Fishers, IN 46037
IU Health Neuroscience Center – Neurorehabilitation and Robotics
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 1800 Room 1078
Indianapolis, IN 46202
1203 Washington St.
La Porte, IN 46350
Sagamore – Sports Medicine
600 Legacy Plaza
LaPorte IN, 46350
IU Health Methodist Medical Plaza South
8830 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Fonder Square – Pediatrics
1501 State Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
IU Health Ball Memorial Pediatric Rehab
Muncie, IN 47304
IU Health University Hospital Adult Outpatient Center
550 University Blvd., Room 4175
Indianpolis, IN 46202
Occupational Therapy Support Services
Learn more about occupational therapy through the following resources:
A Sampling of Occupational Therapy Support Services
American Occupational Therapy Association
This professional group explains what occupational therapy providers do and offers tips for patients and caregivers.
This site of the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains how physical medicine and rehabilitation can help you recover after a medical condition or injury.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This agency of the National Institutes of Health provides information on stroke rehabilitation.