What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services also include recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective. They focus on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach their goals
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met, and/or to make changes to the intervention plan.

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.

Why choose UCHealth for occupational therapy?

At UCHealth facilities along the Front Range, occupational therapists (OTs) are committed to helping you recover quickly so you become independent and active as soon as possible.

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