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Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapists at Indiana University Health help you regain skills you use everyday through specialized treatment plans. We help patients suffering physical or cognitive deficits due to injury, stroke, age or other factors. Our goal is to improve function and independence in daily living skills (ADLs). Our team conducts an initial evaluation to determine your goals and works with you to determine a plan for improvement. The focus of the OT evaluation is on the roles and performance of occupations, including daily living tasks such as dressing or home making activities. As your occupational therapist, our goal is to help you live life to the fullest and strengthen your entire self, not just your body.

An occupational therapist will assess the following during your evaluation:

  • ADLs (feeding, grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting)
  • IADLs (household/financial management, cooking, etc)
  • Functional mobility needed to perform ADLs
  • Functional cognition needed for ADLs/IADLs
  • Strength and range of motion of the Upper Extremities
  • Vision
  • Sensation (fine motor activities)

A follow up evaluation measures improvement and ensures that your needs are met. Using standardized tests, your occupational therapist will assess:

  • Current level of role participation
  • Adaptive skills
  • Ability to resume productive lifestyles
  • Overall independence with ADLs and occupational performance

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

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:

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
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IU Health Neuroscience Center – Neurorehabilitation and Robotics
355 W. 16th Street, Suite 1800 Room 1078
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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The Crossing
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
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Fonder Square – Pediatrics
1501 State Street
LaPorte, IN 46350

IU Health Ball Memorial Pediatric Rehab
205 Tillotson
Muncie, IN 47304

IU Health University Hospital Adult Outpatient Center
550 University Blvd., Room 4175
Indianpolis, IN 46202
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Occupational Therapy Support Services

Learn more about occupational therapy through the following resources: