Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession. At Brookdale, Occupational
Therapy falls under the aegis of Rehabilitation Medicine. The objective of Occupational Therapy is
to improve function through evidence based treatments and to help patients return to work and
community life. We work with patients with a variety of illness/injuries such as, CVA, multiple
sclerosis, head trauma, fractures, lacerations resulting in tendon or nerve injury, and babies with
feeding and other developmental issues … and more.
Occupational Therapy is available as an inpatient or outpatient service. Many of our patients on
discharge from inpatient are referred to the Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and
Rehabilitation or to our outpatient. Our focus in outpatient is treatment of the upper extremity
(hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder).
Inpatient Services (Sub-Acute)
OT works closely with Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Workers and other health providers to “start” the rehabilitation process and make appropriate recommendations for discharge. We facilitate the ability of our patients to perform daily activities such as dressing, feeding and moving around. You will also, find us in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) working with the babies providing neurodevelopmental, feeding, and sensory modulation.
In outpatient we treat patients referred in-house and from the community. We treat very complex injuries such as:
tendon and nerve lacerations
carpal tunnel syndrome
rotator cuff repairs
CVA and more
A variety of manual techniques (including kinesiotaping and lymphatic drainage), exercises and modalities (hot, pack, paraffin, ultrasound etc.) are used to maximize our patients’ function. We also, perform evaluations for standard and motorized wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
About Our Therapists
Our therapists have over 15 years of experience and hold advance degrees in OT hold certifications in lymphedema, kinesiotaping and hand therapy (pending)