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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) helps people to regain their independence. OT focuses on functional activities like bathing, dressing, safely moving throughout their environment, self-feeding and other tasks people do every day.

Occupational therapists focus on the skills most important to the patient. Geisinger’s OT team works with people of all ages, including children. When we work with children, we focus on the skills they need to play, learn and to be social.

What you should know about occupational therapy:

  • OTs are required to have a Master’s degree to practice and must pass a certification exam.
  • As part of OT, we may evaluate your home, workplace or school, and offer recommendations for adaptive equipment to help you better accomplish tasks. OTs can also educate family members and caregivers.

Why choose occupational therapy at Geisinger?

  • Inpatient coverage, 7 days a week: We work with patients in the hospital every day of the week, often on the same day as surgery. Your recovery and return to activities will be more successful when we quickly provide assessment and start therapy.
  • Outpatient clinics in each region: We continue to add new locations for outpatient occupational therapy so that patients can stay within Geisinger for their therapy.
  • Patient-centered care: Occupational therapy is all about what matters to you. Being able to bathe and dress independently may be your goal. Or, you may need specific therapy to be able to return to work. Sometimes patients need a mix of OT, physical therapy and physiatry treatment. We’ll work with you to shape a personalized rehab plan.

Treats these conditions

Occupational therapy helps people with activities associated with daily living, and we often prescribe OT for patients recovering from:

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