Occupational Therapy | Fondazione Santa Lucia

Occupational Therapy

Autonomy and Independence in Daily Life

Occupational Therapy aims to return the person to the highest degree of autonomy in a wide range of daily activities: from personal care at home, from school to work, from leisure activities to driving vehicles. The patient is helped to improve their capacity to act, by developing the ability to plan, organize and perform acts in alternate ways to those of the traditionally abled person. Occupational Therapists also perform posture and movement testing and training to enhance physical capabilities.

 

Assisted Devices Facility

An important aspect of Occupational Therapy regards the instruments, objects and environments used by the patient. For example, adapted cutlery for the kitchen can facilitate the autonomy of the disabled person. The choice of the wheelchair best suited to the physical characteristics and the type of disability of the person, is another determining factor for the quality of life. At the Assisted Devices Facility of the Foundation we have carefully studied and adapted to the patient's practical needs technologies that enhance the ability to function normally beyond the limits imposed by the disability.

 

Collaboration with the Social Service

Occupational Therapy is critical in the final phases of hospitalization. The therapists work together with the Social Services Office, to encourage the return home and to the activities of daily living. Pre discharge projects cover both the range of motion of the patient and the adaptation of the environment to the needs of the differently abled.

 

How to Access the Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Service is designed for patients admitted to the Hospital (inpatient basis) or admitted to the day hospital. Its services are also available to patients of the Extensive Rehabilitation Unit. At the request of a referring physician, the occupational therapist evaluates the possibility of intervention by analyzing the residual capacity of the patient and available aids. A plan of vocational rehabilitation is then designed and shared with the patient and his family or other caregivers.

Occupational Therapy

Via Ardeatina, 354 – 00179 Rome

Hospital – Floor 2

Tel. +39 06.5150.1508

Fax +39 06.5032.097

Monday to Friday, h. 08:00 - 19:00; Saturday, h. 08:00 - 13:00