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April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, and we’ve been honored and excited to celebrate our fantastic Occupational Therapy staff this month. Most of us are familiar with Physical Therapy, but many aren’t familiar with all of the impactful, life-changing work done in Occupational Therapy. Occupational Therapy at The Chateau is all about empowering seniors in their daily interactions with the world around them.

How is Occupational Therapy Different?

Above all, Occupational Therapists are working to help seniors maintain their independence. OTs implement adaptive strategies that help their clients feel empowered when interacting with their world, meeting them wherever they are with their skill set. OT focuses on making the most of the abilities you do have, not on what you don’t.

While the name might sound like the therapy related to “job skills,” it’s actually referring to the everyday activities that “occupy” our time. Occupational Therapists help their clients with life skills like buttoning a shirt, cooking dinner, using a knife and fork, or getting in and out of the shower.

Occupational Therapy is often recommended to help regain skills that were lost due to injury or illness, like working on improving fine motor skills after a stroke. It is also helpful in finding new ways to carry out everyday a tasks as we age, including how to best stay active while also avoiding falls. For clients experiencing memory loss, Occupational Therapy can be a huge asset. OTs will help clients leverage the skills they have to work around obstacles brought on my memory loss, like rearranging a space at home or reworking a routine. 

Occupational Therapy at The Chateau

Our Rehabilitation Center offers services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, so you can do your rehab at The Chateau even if you aren’t already a resident. We are also 2019 winners of Pinnacle’s Quality Insights Awards for Rehab, including Overall Customer Satisfaction and Overall Customer Experience.

Our Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are fully licensed and experienced. We believe in a client-centered approach to care, so you’ll see the same therapist from appointment to appointment. They’ll get to know you and your story to put together the right treatment plan and goals for you. And your family is always welcome to participate in the process—in fact we love it!

The Next Step

If you’re interested in learning more about what goes into Occupational Therapy at The Chateau, you can read more about what sets our rehab apart here. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have—just give us a call at 573-335-1281.

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