In April, we set aside time to recognize occupational therapy professionals for their many contributions to patient care and for improving the lives of those they treat.

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages with the daily activities that people want and need to accomplish. Occupational therapists, or OTs, are essential players in helping injured patients regain skills. OTs support older adults who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes due to illness, as well as children with developmental delays and concerns.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center has 10 OTs who guide more than 500 inpatient visits a month. They also treat children with developmental diagnoses as outpatients, as well as work with newborns in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who can benefit from therapy.

Additionally, the Shady Grove Aquilino Cancer Center has three full-time OTs who are Certified Lymphedema Therapists, with more than 200 outpatient visits a month.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individualized evaluation, during which the patient or family and an OT determine the patient’s goals; and
  • A customized plan to improve the patient’s ability to perform daily activities and reach those goals.

Daily routine is at the heart of OT, so the therapists approach care from a holistic perspective. OTs examine a patient’s home or work environment and their common tasks, and then focus on adapting these places and actions to fit the patient’s needs. As such, the patient is an integral part of his or her therapy team.

Please join us in recognizing occupational therapists for their unique contributions to the care and rehabilitation of our patients.