Each year, Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to the fullest. This year’s celebration is an important milestone as the profession of occupational therapy turned 100 years old in 2017.
Today, more than 213,000 occupational therapy practitioners nationwide help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Since 1917 the profession of occupational therapy has made valuable contributions in enabling people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Occupational therapy practitioners focus on helping clients perform everyday activities to their highest potential. Some examples: Teaching Wounded Warriors how to hold their children again after limb loss; helping babies in the NICU learn to feed, breathe, and swallow so they can thrive; providing recommendations for assistive technology in the vehicle or home so older adults can age in place safely; and helping stroke survivors relearn how to bathe, groom, dress, and cook for themselves. Independent studies recently found that occupational therapy is the only therapy that reduces hospital readmissions1 and nursing home admissions2.
The Occupational Therapists of Northfield Hospital & Clinics Rehabilitation Services treat patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Specialty services include Pediatric Rehabilitation, Hand Therapy, Lymphedema, Post-Concussion Rehabilitation and Post-Acute Neurological Treatment.
Te learn more about occupational therapy services with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, click on this link: https://www.northfieldhospital.org/occupational-therapy
To learn more about occupational therapy’s rich history, visit www.otcentennial.org.
1. Rogers, A. T., Bai, G., Lavin, R. A., & Anderson, G. F. (2016, September 2). Higher hospital spending on occupational therapy is associated with lower readmission rates. Medical Care Research and Review, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077558716666981
2. Szanton, S. L., Leff, B., Wolff, J. L., Roberts, L., & Gitlin, L. N. (2016). Home-based care program reduces disability and promotes aging in place. Health Affairs, 35, 1558–1563. http://dx.doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0140