FAQs

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What is occupational therapy?

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Defined by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), “occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping people participate in the meaningful activities they need and want to do.  The typical occupational therapy client is one who has experienced a change in their ability to fully participate in these chosen activities, most often due to a change in health status.  Occupational Therapy is unique in that it uses a holistic approach to look not only at the reasons a client’s participation in activities has been impacted, but also the client’s roles and environment.  The occupational therapy professional assists the client to regain function or adapt to changes by assessing and addressing the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental aspects of recovery.”

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What is the difference between physical therapy (pt) and occupational therapy (ot)?

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Physical and occupational therapists work together to facilitate a client’s return to independence.  There are areas of overlap between the two professions, such as strengthening and range of motion.  OT focuses on daily activities and self-care like bathing, dressing, toileting, grooming, meal preparation and housekeeping.  OT also addresses transitioning back to leisure activities that are important to a client.  PT treatment concentrates on restoring and strengthening the large muscle groups that contribute to mobility, range of motion, standing balance and ambulation.

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How can pink lotus therapy help with breast cancer recovery?

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licensed Occupational Therapist, specializing in post-mastectomy patients, will come to your home after surgery to evaluate your environment and make recommendations for modifications, many of which may be temporary.  Your ability to care for yourself and your family will be assessed and you will be instructed in techniques to perform these activities safely.  You will be provided with a simple home exercise program based on input from your doctor.  We will also provide resources specific to your needs.  

When you have completed a course of outpatient physical therapy, we can assist with maintaining your function using a Pilates-based exercise program in your home.  

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How many visits are typically needed?

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You may only require one to three visits after your surgery.  If there is a need for ongoing therapy in your home, we will continue to work with you.

 

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How can I become a client?

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Ask your doctor for a prescription for occupational therapy then contact us via phone or email to schedule an appointment.