The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable clients to participate in the activities of every day life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with clients to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they desire to, need to, or are expected to do. The therapist may need to modify the occupation or the environment with the purpose of helping clients regain day to day skills such as bathing, dressing, and feeding.

Occupational therapy may be applicable after:

  • Orthopedic surgery/joint replacement
  • A stroke
  • Joint pain in hands, arms, or shoulders
  • Difficulty dressing
  • Difficulty bathing
  • Difficulty with meals
  • Decline in memory
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Neurological insult
  • Any decline in usual function