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Anna awoke one morning unable to speak clearly or lift her left arm. Realizing something was very wrong, Sam, her husband, called 911. Emergency personnel transported Anna to the hospital where she was treated for a stroke. It was the Therapy Department at Crandall Medical Center that helped Anna recover from her stroke and return home.
Every 45 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Occupational Therapists (OTs) are important members of the health care team helping stroke victims to regain skills. OTs focus on abilities that can overcome disabilities and will adapt the environment to fit the person.
The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to safely and effectively care for themselves and enjoy life. Through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, OTs assist people to remain independent and be able to perform work, leisure, self-care, domestic and community activities.
Besides helping to make activities of daily living easier, OTs help patients with challenges in thinking and speaking.
Other services offered by Crandall’s OT department include:
- Cognitive retraining
- Neuromuscular retraining
- Visual perceptual skill development
- Wheelchair and seating evaluation