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“Your body wants to be healthy and its ability to heal itself is remarkable. The question is, are you giving your body the opportunity to do so?”   –Andrew Weil, M.D.

Occupational Therapy

As defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational Therapy involves the “theraputic use of work, self-care and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.”Our Occupational Therapists will work one-on-one with you to develop a customized treatment program to improve your daily living skills and/or arm function. Although our Occupational Therapists work in our clinics and long-term care centers, patients may also be seen the their homes if this best fits their needs.In addition to programming geared toward improving daily living skills, we specialize in:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Home Health

Other areas our Occupational Therapists treat are:

  • Helping individuals deal with aging or a disease process to remain as independent and safe as possible.
  • Assisting families and caregivers in knowing how to manage their loved ones within the home or other environments.
  • Assessing cognitive abilities of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia for environmental safety.
  • Helping individuals recover from or prevent an injury.
  • Providing recommendations for home modifications for safety and accessibility.
  • Recommending assistive devices to increase independence in daily life.
  • Assessing and making recommendations for wheelchair seating and positioning.
  • Rehabilitating individuals who have a hand injury or surgery.
  • Custom making splints for the hand and upper extremity.
  • Performing work site and ergonomic evaluations.

Specialists

Linda Hicks

Degrees: B.S. – St. Ambrose University B.A. – St. Ambrose University Memberships: American Occupational Therapy Association

Occupational Therapy