Occupational Therapy

Getting used to a new environment can be hard.  This is especially true for individuals who just got discharged from the hospital.  Others are recovering from a surgery or a recent accident.

How does Active Home HealthCare Services, Inc. help them adapt to their new health circumstances?  We offer the services and treatment by our Occupational Therapists.

Occupational Therapists help clients with mobility, regaining self-care skills, improving independence, preventing health complications and other issues.  Over-all, we provide care services that are essential to the improvement of the client's health.

Occupational therapists help patients by:

  • Improving their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments
  • Working with individuals who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition
  • Using treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients
  • Training clients to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, as well as in compensating for permanent loss of function.

The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapists help clients to perform all types of activities, from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating.  Physical exercises may be used to increase strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity or the ability to discern patterns.

For example, a client with short-term memory loss might be encouraged to make lists to aid recall, and a person with coordination problems might be assigned exercises to improve hand-eye coordination.

Occupational therapists also use computer programs to help clients improve:

  • decision-making
  • abstract-reasoning
  • problem-solving
  • perceptual skills
  • memory
  • sequencing
  • coordination
  • hand and upper extremity function

Therapists help patients deal with permanent disabilities who often need special instruction to master certain daily tasks.  These conditions include:

  • spinal cord injuries
  • cerebral palsy
  • muscular dystrophy

For these individuals, therapists demonstrate the use of adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, orthoses, eating aids, and dressing aids.  They also design or build special equipment needed at home or at work, including computer-aided adaptive equipment.  They teach clients how to use the equipment to improve communication and control various situations in their environment.

5009 West 95th Street,
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Phone:  708-499-2622
Fax:      708-499-9466