Can I Choose Where to Go for Occupational Therapy?

Whether you’re recovering from a hip replacement or learning to function after a stroke, occupational therapy (OT) is vital to helping you regain the ability to perform everyday tasks. With a purpose so important, where you’ll receive OT is crucial to your recovery.

So don’t ever forget that you can choose where to go for occupational therapy.

At Brook Stone, we understand that you have choices and that’s why we have assembled an incredible rehabilitation team that works closely with you every step of the way. By offering physical, occupational and speech therapy, we cover every facet of your care so you can return to your home and the ones you love.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Chances are, you’ve never thought about the effort it takes to tie your shoes… until you’re unable to do it. Those who have recovered from surgeries or injuries may find it difficult to do tasks of everyday living that they previously accomplished with no problem.

Occupational therapy teaches you how to adapt and find creative new ways to accomplish these tasks.

This is one of the things that makes OT different from physical therapy, where health care workers concentrate on major muscle groups and help you maintain the maximum range of motion possible.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?

The term “occupational” can be confusing. At first glance, you might think that an occupational therapist helps you with career counseling or job tasks.

In actuality, occupational therapists help eliminate barriers that keep you from conducting the activities of daily living. These activities may include getting dressed, bathing or brushing your teeth.

Occupational therapists not only help you learn new ways of doing things, but they also teach you how to use adaptive devices to make these tasks easier, such as a small tool that is useful for doing buttons.

The goal is to get you to return as close as possible to your regular level of functioning before your accident, injury or surgery. Occupational therapists work in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and even schools to skilled nursing communities.

What Are Some Examples of Occupational Therapy?

We’ll provide this scenario.

Suppose someone is recovering from a stroke, and they are having difficulty getting dressed. An occupational therapist may:

  • Teach them to use assistive devices, such as a tool to help button shirts or one to assist with putting on socks.
  • Show them other adaptations, such as wearing shoes with Velcro
  • Teach them how to use a “grabbing stick” to get hard-to-reach items and to pull up pants or socks

Why Should You Choose Occupational Therapy at Brook Stone?

As we mentioned earlier, you have choices when deciding where to go for occupational therapy.

At Brook Stone, our friendly staff combined with a peaceful, yet stimulating, environment create the perfect atmosphere for a full recovery. Our experienced occupational therapists have helped hundreds of residents regain their functionality, giving them a new lease on life.

In addition, Brook Stone is family owned. This means you won’t be dealing with a faceless corporation and drowning in red tape. We have a vested interest in the community, which means we treat our residents as if they were members of our own family.

Brook Stone is in Pollocksville, NC, which is just a short drive from the tourist haven of New Bern. In New Bern, you’ll discover quaint seaside restaurants, wonderful shopping and other fantastic opportunities for exploration.

You may be surprised to know that most of our rehabilitation residents are only here temporarily. Our mission is to help them recover so that they can return home to those they love as quickly as safely possible.

Contact us for more information and to schedule a tour.