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Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy department at Perry County Health System (PCHS) consists of a qualified team of therapists who treat both adults and children of all ages. Occupational therapists help clients reach their highest level of function and improve quality of life. At PCHS, a therapeutic team approach is used. This team may include physicians, other therapists, parents, caregivers, school personnel and/or counselors. PCHS therapists are able to treat clients in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, home health, school-based and telehealth.

Occupational therapists:

  • Perform comprehensive evaluations.
  • Develop goals and a plan of care with the client and/or family.
  • Focus on strengthening and improving skills to increase independence.
  • Find alternative methods of performing daily tasks.
  • Teach use of adaptive equipment.

Occupational therapists at PCHS focus on making your independence a reality. We work with you and your family to help you become as independent as possible and to improve your quality of life.

Pediatrics

Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:

  • Autistic disorder
  • Behavioral and emotional disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Down syndrome
  • Learning disabilities
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sensory integration/processing disorders
  • Strabismus/eye alignment

Occupational therapists also treat nonspecific diagnoses. Talk to your physician about your concerns and see if occupational therapy could help your child achieve their highest potential.

Pediatric Feeding Disorders

The PCHS staff consists of highly qualified therapists who are trained to work with eating/feeding disorders. This includes oral motor and oral sensory concerns. Speech and occupational therapists work together to eliminate or reduce eating/feeding issues for improved nutritional intake, behavior as it relates to food consumption, physical and emotional growth, and the overall health of your child. Advanced training of multiple staff are certified in the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding.

Adults

Diagnoses include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis.
  • Dementia.
  • General deconditioning.
  • Neurological disorders, including stroke and traumatic brain injury.
  • Strabismus/double vision.
  • Stroke.

Occupational therapists also treat nonspecific diagnoses. Talk to your physician about your concerns and see if occupational therapy could help you achieve your highest potential.

Health Management and Maintenance

Our board-certified holistic nutritionist can provide guidance for both adult and pediatric patients. Health management and maintenance tends to focus on developing, managing and maintaining routines for health and wellness promotion. This may include physical illness, nutrition, decreased health risk behaviors and medication routines.

Hand Therapy

Our board-certified hand therapist provides one-on-one treatment to restore function and prevent dysfunction in the upper limb (hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder) to enhance the client's independence and mobility.

Provided services include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis and pain management.
  • Burns.
  • Custom-molded static and dynamic splinting.
  • Fractures.
  • Repetitive use injuries.
  • Shoulder rehabilitation.
  • Trauma.

Geriatrics

The PCHS occupational therapy department has two certified dementia practitioners on staff. Specific geriatric programs are offered to clients, which include Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environments (C.O.P.E.) and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST).

C.O.P.E. is an evidence-based program designed to support physical function and quality of life for clients with dementia, with an additional focus on caregiver well-being. It addresses the core elements of dementia, which include optimizing physical health and function, engaging in daily activities, maintaining quality of life, and supporting caregivers. C.O.P.E. focuses on three areas of intervention: assessment, education and training.

CST is an evidence-based group intervention program. Sessions aim to actively stimulate and engage clients with dementia while providing an optimal learning environment. Socialization is used to create community and decrease feelings of isolation.