Occupational therapists work to restore the patient's ability to carry out activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing, and dressing, as well as independent living skills such as performing household responsibilities, money management, and driving.
Occupational therapists may also conduct evaluations of patients' homes and make recommendations for changes to improve independence. Additionally, occupational therapists will help patients develop recreation and leisure skills that will quickly reintegrate them in their home and community environments.
Siskin Hospital’s Occupational Therapy Department has staff certified in electrical and thermal modalities. Additionally, occupational therapists are trained in the use of Saebo Technology for Functional Arm Training, the FES cycle, the Hocoma Armeo Spring, Bionness and Neuro Developmental Treatment for patients with hemiplegia. Occupational therapists are also specially-trained in the treatment of patients with visual deficits related to neurological conditions and age-related eye diseases. They utilize a variety of vision technologies such as BITS, Dynavision D2, Biorad, desktop and portable video magnifiers and accessible mobile technology.
Siskin Hospital has Certified Brain Injury Specialists on staff as well as Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialists. Additionally, Siskin Hospital therapy staff are active in the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association and the State Board of Occupational Therapy.