Injuries and diseases can leave behind significant physical impairments even after the injury is healed or the disease controlled. Strokes and brain injuries, for instance, are likely to leave the patient dependent on another person for everyday activities like getting dressed or taking a bath.
Occupational Therapy is a process of learning how to overcome these impairments, or compensate for the lack of independence they cause.
Often, the Occupational Therapist teaches patients and families how to use adaptive equipment, like a bed side commode, reachers, tub benches, sock aids and dressing sticks, and wheel chairs.
For all patients, the goal is to reach the highest level of independence possible for a safe return home or other living arrangements the patient had prior to the impairment.