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April 2012
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Changes to Inpatient Occupational Therapy

Northwest Community Hospital recently adjusted its coverage of inpatient occupational therapy (OT) to six days a week, with therapists now available Monday through Saturday. Modifying coverage in the Hospital setting ensures resources and therapists are readily available during peak times. The goal is to promptly respond to physicians' orders for OT and to deliver thorough rehabilitation services to their patients.

This change does not impact inpatient coverage of physical therapy and speech and language pathology services, which continue to be available seven days a week at the Hospital.

Occupational therapy addresses motor strength, activities of daily living (e.g., dressing, bathing, cooking), and general sensory concerns. NCH occupational therapists work closely with inpatient clinical teams and have presence across every inpatient setting, which includes the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Mental Health, and medical/surgical units.

An OT assessment is appropriate to order for any inpatient who expresses concern about returning home and caring for themselves following hospitalization. Conditions that often require inpatient OT include neurology, stroke and orthopedic (surgical and non-surgical). Oncology and other medical inpatients also benefit from OT and training in energy conservation techniques as it relates to activities of daily living.

Following hospitalization, patients can continue rehab services through outpatient OT, which is offered at two NCH locations in Arlington Heights, as well as the NCH Outpatient Center in Rolling Meadows. Specialists work with patients to address fine motor issues, conditions of the hand and arm, joint replacement recovery, impaired cognition, sensory issues, lymphedema, low vision and splinting needs.

For additional information about inpatient or outpatient occupational therapy at NCH, please contact Marquita Robinson-Altman, Rehab Services manager and occupational therapist, at 847.618.7761.

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Last Updated 03/15/2012