Occupational therapy (OT) enables people of all ages and abilities to engage in activities that are meaningful to them to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
On the psychiatry service, the physician routinely consults occupational therapy for individuals who have experienced impairment in their mental health, including inability to participate in necessary and valued occupations. Specialized assessments may be requested and provided for patients with complex issues or co-morbidities. Occupational therapists function as an integral part of the interdisciplinary treatment team to provide recommendations for safe discharge planning, including current and potential functional skill level, disposition, and level of assistance needed after discharge.
The psychiatry team is composed of occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants.
The occupational therapy psychiatry team works from the 2nd floor N.C.Neuroscience Hospitals OT clinic and office to provide services for inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization program for eating disorders, and outpatient services.
Physical Therapy can provide a range of activities and exercises for patients on Psychiatry.
- Eating Disorders Unit: Core stabilization, strengthening, gait training as appropriate
- Gero-Psych and Crisis Units: Muscle strengthening, balance training, gait training, exercise programs for chronic back or joint pain, safety assessments