Occupational Therapy is designed to help improve a person’s ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, toileting, and eating. Occupational Therapy encourages rehabilitation through the performance of Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). We include the homemaking skills necessary to return to independent living such as meal prep/kitchen tasks and laundry. The goal is for our residents to become as independent as possible so they can pursue a fulfilling and productive life.
What are the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)?
The Activities of Daily Living are a series of basic activities necessary for independent living at home or in an assisted living community. These tasks are basic tasks that must be accomplished every day for an individual to thrive. There are five basic categories when it comes to ADLs.
Personal Hygiene – bathing/showering, grooming, nail care, and oral care.
Dressing – being able to physically dress and undress oneself.
Eating – the ability to feed oneself.
Maintaining Continence – being able to mentally and physically use a restroom.
Transferring/Mobility- being able to stand from a sitting position, as well as get in and out of bed. The ability to walk independently from one location to another.
What Makes Shaker Place Occupational Therapy Different?
Shaker Place’s rehabilitation center places an emphasis on quality care. We work to pair the same therapists with residents to ensure consistency and comfortability. The newly renovated occupational therapy room is set up to treat an array of injuries of our short-term rehab and long-term care residents. The new ADL suite is set up to address the four basic needs of ADLs.
Kitchen – The OT kitchen works with residents on the preparation of food and snacks. These could be as simple as making a sandwich to more complicated tasks like using the stove.
Laundry Room – The OT laundry room works with residents to wash and fold their clothing. This includes operating the washer and dryer as well as folding an putting away clothes.
Bathroom – The OT bathroom helps residents with personal hygiene care from showering and grooming to brushing their teeth or using the toilet.
Car – The therapy car can be adjusted to the height of the residents own car. This allows residents to practice vehicle transfers prior to returning home.
Shaker Place Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is privileged to employ the most experienced team of occupational therapists in the state. Our Occupational Therapy team provides care under the direction of an attending physician to ensure our residents reach their rehabilitative goals safely and successfully and return home or living in a community with the greatest amount of independence.