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What comes to mind when you hear “occupational therapy?” Learning how to button your shirt after a stroke or vacuum without aggravating your back?

Occupational therapy (OT) can help with things like that — and so much more. If an illness, injury, long-term condition — or even just getting older is making it hard to do even the most routine tasks at home or at work, OT can help you learn new ways to get things done. This type of therapy focuses on helping you regain your independence by removing the physical, emotional and social barriers to living your life to the fullest.

Cleveland Clinic’s experienced and compassionate occupational therapists will listen to your concerns. Answer your questions. And make sure you get the most personalized treatment plan — one that focuses on making your daily tasks easier so you can move forward in life with confidence.

Why Choose Cleveland Clinic for Occupational Therapy?

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Caring approach:

When you come to Cleveland Clinic for occupational therapy, you may feel stressed or frustrated. It may be hard to do simple tasks. Our team understands this. And that’s why we don’t just treat your condition, we treat the whole you. We listen and support you with expert, compassionate care.

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Personalized care:

Occupational therapy at Clevland Clinic isn’t one-size-fits-all. Our team makes sure you get the most personalized evaluation and treatment. We focus on your unique diagnosis, needs and recovery goals.

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Comprehensive care:

Our occupational therapists cover every base to help you regain skills. We may visit your home, office and other places where you spend a lot of time. This can give us a better idea of how you live and work so we can craft a treatment plan that matches your specific needs, interests and goals.

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Demonstrated expertise:

Our licensed OTs have advanced training and experience in their field. All are ready to provide highly individualized care and support for you — and your family.

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National recognition:

Cleveland Clinic is a trusted healthcare leader. We're recognized in the U.S. and throughout the world for our expertise and care.

Getting an Occupational Therapy Evaluation at Cleveland Clinic

There are many reasons why you may need occupational therapy. You might be recovering from an acute injury or trauma like a stroke. Or maybe you’re living with a chronic (ongoing) neurological condition like multiple sclerosis (MS) or Parkinson’s disease. Or it could be that you’re simply feeling challenged physically by the natural aging process.

Occupational therapy can help you with all kinds of tasks — like bathing, brushing your teeth, eating, gardening, cooking, cleaning or even using a computer or driving. An effective occupational therapy treatment plan can help you feel more independent and confident as you go about your day. But before you start therapy sessions, you’ll have an evaluation so our team can get a better idea of how we can help.

What to expect during your evaluation

At your first appointment, you’ll meet with one of our experienced occupational therapists and talk about what’s been going on. Your therapist will want to understand what things you feel you can no longer do and if you have specific treatment goals.

As your therapist talks with you, they’ll take notes so they can build the most personalized treatment plan possible. This helps them plan what we call interventions — the tools, techniques and strategies that will help you with daily activities. Think of them as “life hacks” toward better independence.

Meet Our Occupational Therapy Team

An occupational therapist leads your treatment. But they’ll work closely with your primary care provider (PCP) and any specialists you see, like:

Your care team works together to make sure your treatment plan meets your goals and delivers the best possible results.

Locations

Our healthcare providers see patients at convenient locations throughout Northeast Ohio and Nevada.

Having Occupational Therapy at Cleveland Clinic

Your treatment plan is unique to you. The interventions we build into it focus on the things you want to do more easily so you can live as self-sufficiently as possible. And in a way that’s safe and convenient for you.

We may develop interventions to help you reach goals like:

  • Grocery shopping, cleaning your house or driving your car.
  • Typing, writing or using computers and smartphones.
  • Bathing and dressing without help.
  • Returning to work.
  • Managing your medications and the impact of a medical condition.
  • Doing daily tasks after a change in vision, memory, concentration or executive function.
  • Using swollen arms/hands after cancer treatment.

One type of common intervention is learning how to use new pieces of assistive equipment, like bathtub benches, grab rails, dressing aids or adaptive utensils. We can also teach you how to modify or adjust areas in your home or workplace to make these environments easier to navigate. If necessary, we can also provide specialty therapy, like hand occupational therapy.

But no occupational therapy treatment plan is carved in stone. Your care team will keep an eye on how you’re doing. They’ll ask you questions like, “Are things improving?” or “Do you think you want to try a different approach?” Then, if needed, we’ll adjust your interventions to help you keep moving toward your goals.

It’s important to remember that your occupational therapist is a teammate, coach and teacher all in one. They’ll help you find the best ways (and tools) to help yourself. And they’ll guide you through any exercises you need to learn to move forward — cheering you on as you do.

Taking the Next Step

It can be hard to admit that you might need help doing things that used to be easy. But it’s the first important step toward becoming more independent. Our occupational therapists are here to help you get back on track. They can help you get stronger so you can do things the way you used to or teach you new ways to accomplish your goals. We’re here to listen, answer your questions and find the best ways to help you live your life as independently as possible.

Getting an appointment with one of our occupational therapy experts is easy. We’ll help you get the care you need.

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