Rehabilitation & Therapy:
Occupational Therapy is an allied health profession with underlying
belief that engaging in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs = what each
of us does every day) is both health and wellness promotion. OT’s
recognize that engagement in meaningful and purposeful ADL’s is the
most effective way to empower patients, facilitate independence, and
Trinity’s team of Occupational Therapists in acute care have a primary goal to stabilize the patient’s medical status and address any threats to his/her life and loss of function in ADL’s. Occupational therapy plays an important role in facilitating early mobilization, restoring function, preventing further decline, and coordinating care, including transition and discharge planning.
At Trinity we provide services to ICU, PCU, surgical, medical, ortho/neuro units, as well as our littlest patients on pediatrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
ICU & PCU
- Evaluate the need for splints and positioning devices to preserve joint integrity.
- Train families and caregivers to assist with range-of-motion exercises, safe transfers and mobility.
- Start early mobilization, ROM, and activity tolerance to progress with ADL’s.
Surgical, Medical and ortho/neuro units, Pediatrics
- Provide training & education in ADL’s, and use of adaptive equipment and/or compensatory techniques as needed (i.e. reacher, bath bench, energy conservation)
- Neuromuscular re-education, trunk stabilization, and balance activities to improve clients’ ability to move in and out of bed and maintain an upright posture necessary to perform self-care and home management activities.
- Remediate upper-extremity weakness and/or abnormal muscle tone through exercise, relevant simulated activities, and preventive splinting to preserve muscle balance and range of motion.
- Assess and use strategies to address cognitive and perceptual deficits.
- Contribute to safe discharge planning, including recommendations for transitioning to the next level of care.
- Train patients in postsurgical orthopedic protocols, including appropriate weight bearing and/or postsurgical precautions during ADLs.
- Develop home programs for patients and family.
- Recommend home safety modifications and durable medical equipment as part of an effective discharge plan.
- Evaluate and assist with developmental tasks of infancy, including feeding, positioning, sensory development
- Collaborate with and train families to reinforce therapeutic skill acquisition.
Our team collaborates closely with case managers, nurses, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and physicians to create an interdisciplinary plan of care and assist with the patient’s successful transition to the home, community, or next level of care.