Occupational Therapy

The Queen’s Medical Center Rehabilitation Services team provides Occupational Therapy for patients who are hospitalized, called inpatient rehabilitation services, and also in a convenient outpatient clinic setting. Occupational Therapy focuses on a patient’s rehabilitation through the activities required in daily living.

Inpatient Occupational Therapy

Our team of highly skilled therapists at The Queen’s Medical Center specializes in acute care rehabilitation for adults, youth and children who are hospitalized due to illness or injury, or who have had surgery such as joint replacement or spinal surgery.

We work with the medical team to improve function and mobility, through individualized therapy, in order for patients to be safely discharged to their home or to another facility. Caregiver training is also provided to support the family or caregiver once the patient is discharged from Queen’s.

Inpatient Occupational Therapy is provided in various areas of the hospital, from the emergency room to the intensive care area, or on one of many acute care floors of the medical center, and include:

  • Activities of daily living retraining
  • Custom splint fabrication
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • Functional cognition and home safety training
  • Joint positioning for functional mobility

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Services team works closely with their inpatient colleagues and with patients’ physicians to evaluate patient needs and develop a personalized plan for each individual. The clinical specialty-trained staff utilizes a patient-centric methodology that prioritizes patient access to therapists and provides one-on-one care, typically with the same therapist, throughout a patient’s therapy.

Therapists teach patients how to prevent or manage conditions to achieve long-term health benefits, and in many cases, avoid expensive surgery, and reduce or eliminate the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Services include:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • Equipment recommendations
  • Ergonomics and postural training
  • Joint protection techniques
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Patient/family/caregiver education
  • Physical agents and mechanical modalities
  • Post-operative upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Splint fabrication and training
  • Wheelchair mobility training