What is OT?
Occupational Therapy focuses on helping you take part in the activities you need to do each day. Your “occupation” is the activity that “occupies your time”. Learning, being able to do things by yourself, using your hand after an injury, are all “occupations” and participating in them is important to maintain your health and wellness.
Occupational Therapy at North Country Hospital
- North Country Hospital offers Occupational Therapy services for people of all ages, children to elderly.
- OTs improve movement of the arms, strength, coordination, feeding, grooming, dressing, bathing, eye-hand coordination, visual skills, grasping and improving movements of the hands.
- Occupational therapists use strategies and activities to help achieve goals.
- OTs see people at North Country Hospital in the Rehabilitation Services department, as a patient in the hospital, and at the nursing home (Derby Green).
- Occupational Therapists also work with students in the local school districts (North Country Supervisory Union and Orleans Central Supervisory Union). OTs work with teachers and support staff to help students with hand skills, self help skills, handwriting, as well as strategies to be organized and pay attention.
When you see an OT they will:
- Look at your skills and abilities
- Give you ideas to help improve tasks
- Follow up with you
“Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability”. (AOTA, 2016).
You can reach Occupational Therapy at North Country Hospital Rehabilitation Services 802-334-3260
Submitted by: Kristen Jackson, MOTR/L Kristen began working at NCH in the Rehabilitation Services Department in February 2007. She earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2007