Occupational Therapy for Cancer Patients
Occupational therapists work with patients on performing all types of activities, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating. An occupational therapist may recommend assistive devices or adapted techniques to help you perform these activities easier.
Occupational therapists also provide instruction in energy conservation techniques to help manage fatigue that may result after chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Patients can begin occupational therapy while still in the hospital, and therapy may continue on an outpatient basis after they have been discharged from the hospital.
How Can Cancer Patients Benefit From Occupational Therapy?
Our occupational therapists can help you with:
• Caring for Yourself – Our occupational therapists can teach you different techniques for grooming and hygiene, dressing, and eating, as well as how to transfer from the bathtub.
• Providing Special Equipment – Our occupational therapists can recommend special adaptive equipment to help you become more independent, such as wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, and assistive devices such as a reacher or sock aid.
• Fitting for Orthotics – Our therapists can help you find both off-the-shelf and custom-made splints to promote healing, positioning, rest or pain relief.
• Improving Functional Independence – Your occupational therapist can both use and teach you hands-on techniques to improve your dexterity, gross coordination, strength, and range of motion in your arms and upper body.