The Occupational Therapy Department at Dearborn County Hospital provides services to patients of all ages in a variety of treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, and home health/hospice. The skills of an Occupational Therapist are needed when health problems challenge a person’s ability to engage in daily life activities. Occupational Therapy helps people in developing the skills for the “job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
The outpatient Occupational Therapy department offers specialized care for pediatrics and upper extremity/hand injuries. Conditions and injuries to the upper extremity that would require the skills of an Occupational Therapist include - amputations, cumulative trauma, burns, tendon injuries, arthritis, crush injuries, trauma, sports injuries and upper extremity fractures. Occupational Therapists use various treatment tools to improve function including splinting, modalities (iontophoresis, fluidotherapy, electrical stimulation and ultrasound), and the BTE Work Simulator II. The BTE is used to simulate numerous work-related tasks to design a rehabilitation program specific to the patient’s needs.
Outpatient Occupational Therapy services may benefit a child who displays learning delays or deficits; delayed or uncoordinated fine motor skills affecting hand function with grasping, handwriting, cutting, eating or construction tasks; sensory processing difficulties such as difficulty attending to tasks or oversensitivity to touch, movement, sound and/or light; neuromuscular conditions such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, etc.; delayed self care skills such as shoe tying, dressing, bathing, etc. Occupational Therapists use therapeutic skills that promote age-appropriate development in the areas of play, self care and learning.
For more information, please contact the DCH Occupational Therapy Department at 812-532-2607 or 800-676-5572, ext. 2607.