Occupational therapists help individuals achieve independence in their lives despite temporary or permanent disabilities. They work with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead productive and satisfying lives, despite issues related to physical development, physical disabilities, or social/emotional problems.
Occupational therapists work on a variety of problems. For example, they might help a patient learn to dress themselves again after undergoing major surgery or suffering an injury. They evaluate home environments to recommend equipment and modifications for safety and showering. They might adapt or recommend equipment to assist in daily living tasks for a patient who has had a hip replacement, or to allow a multiple sclerosis or spinal cord patient to maximize their independence with tasks such as using a computer or feeding themselves.
OTs provide hand therapy which might include pain management, exercises, and treatments for a patient who has had carpal tunnel surgery or is experiencing tendonitis from a work-related strain. OT also addresses issues of endurance and energy conservation and might work with a patient who has severe respiratory difficulties from COPD or emphysema to modify their daily activity to allow them to do the things that are the most important for their life goals.
OTs work with clients of all ages, from birth to end of life. Infants and children are seen for disease-related processes and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, or for developmental delays. They may also be treated for handwriting or fine motor delays, or sensory integrative dysfunction. Adults and geriatric patients are seen for a variety of surgical, physical, and disease-related problems so that they can better function in their environments at home, work, and in the community.
Occupational Therapists have either a master’s or doctoral degree, have a national license granted by the national licensing agency NBCOT, and are licensed by the State of Colorado. Occupational therapy assistants hold associate degrees and are trained to work closely with the occupational therapist to carry out the OT-designed treatment program.
Occupational therapy is provided on an out-patient basis, in the home health setting, and for hospitalized patients.
Department Hours and Scheduling
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Occupational Therapy department is managed by Jodi Harris, PT, WCC, CWS. You can reach Jodi at 970-564-2465.