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Understanding Occupational Therapy and Its Role in Rehabilitation

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Occupational Therapy at Shaker Place provides our residents with a critically important piece of rehabilitation. Through a holistic approach, occupational therapists assess each individual’s unique needs, abilities and goals to develop personalized treatment plans. From regaining motor skills to mastering daily activities, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in promoting physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being.


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a holistic approach to rehabilitation that focuses on enabling individuals to participate in meaningful activities and occupations. These activities encompass everything from self-care tasks like dressing and grooming to more complex activities such as cooking, driving and work-related tasks. At Shaker Place, our skilled occupational therapists work closely with residents to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to their unique needs and goals.


Enhancing Daily Function

One of the primary goals of occupational therapy is to enhance an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) independently and safely. Whether it’s improving hand dexterity to button a shirt, mastering adaptive techniques for bathing, or learning energy conservation strategies for conserving stamina throughout the day, our occupational therapists equip residents with the skills and tools they need to navigate daily life with confidence.


Promoting Well-being

Beyond physical function, occupational therapy also addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of rehabilitation. Engaging in meaningful activities not only promotes a sense of accomplishment but also boosts self-esteem and mental well-being. From participating in hobbies and group activities to reengaging in social interactions, occupational therapy at Shaker Place aims to enrich the lives of our residents.


Fostering Independence

Independence looks different for everyone, and occupational therapy plays a crucial role in fostering autonomy and self-reliance. Through targeted interventions and adaptive strategies, our occupational therapists empower residents to overcome challenges and achieve their goals. By focusing on individual’s strengths and capabilities, we help residents regain their confidence and restore their sense of normalcy.


What Makes Shaker Place Occupational Therapy Different?

Shaker Place’s rehabilitation center is distinguished by its unwavering commitment to quality care and personalized attention. We understand that continuity and familiarity are essential elements in the rehabilitation process, which is why we prioritize the services of our residents to ensure consistency and comfortability throughout their journey. Our newly renovated occupational therapy room is thoughtfully designed to cater to the diverse needs of our short-term rehab and long-term care residents.


The Unique ADL Suite: Addressing Residents’ Basic Needs

At Shaker Place, we recognize the importance of addressing the fundamental activities of daily living (ADL) to promote independence and enhance quality of life. Our state-of-the-art ADL suite is equipped with specialized areas dedicated to simulating real-life scenarios and facilitating skill development in a supportive environment.



The occupational therapy kitchen serves as a dynamic setting for residents to practice meal preparation and cooking skills under the guidance of our occupational therapists. From simple tasks like preparing a sandwich to more complex culinary endeavors involving stove use and meal planning, residents can regain confidence and proficiency in the kitchen.


Laundry Room

In the occupational therapy laundry room, residents learn essential skills related to laundering and garment care. From operating the washer and dryer to sorting, folding and organizing clothing, our occupational therapists guide residents through each step of the laundry process, promoting independence and confidence in managing household tasks.



The occupational therapy bathroom is designed to facilitate personal hygiene care and grooming activities, allowing residents to practice showering, toileting, grooming, and oral care in a safe and supportive environment. Our occupational therapists provide hands-on assistance and instruction, empowering residents to maintain dignity and autonomy in their daily routines.



Our therapy car offers residents the opportunity to practice vehicle transfers and mobility skills in a controlled setting. Adjustable to the height of residents’ own vehicles, the therapy car allows for realistic simulation of entry and exit maneuvers, seat adjustments and safety precautions.


Collaborative Approach

Our team believes in a collaborative approach to rehabilitation, where residents, therapists and caregivers work together as a team toward shared goals. Our occupational therapists collaborate closely with other members of the interdisciplinary team, including physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses and physicians, to ensure comprehensive care and optimal outcomes for each resident.

Learn More About Our Occupational Therapy Services.

Losing the ability to participate in everyday tasks can take a toll on the physical and mental health of anyone. Our goal here at Shaker Place is to aid our residents in enhancing independence, restoring dignity, and rediscovering joy in everyday life.