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Occupational Therapist: Building the Skills for the Job of Living

JB Division Occupational Therapy Team

Some of the dedicated employees that make up the St. Louis VA Medical Center Occupational Therapy Team committed to helping our veterans lead a better life.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Each year in April, Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants celebrate by showcasing the importance of Occupational Therapy.  Occupational Therapy enables our Veterans to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent or live better with injury, illness, or disability.

The focus of therapy is on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the Veteran. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the environment, or helping individuals to alter their own behavior.

Occupational therapy utilizes strategies and modifications that are customized for each individual to resolve problems by improving physical function, psycho-social capacity, and support everyday living activities. Thus treatment can be implemented in a variety of practice areas. The VAMC has Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants providing excellent care in the following practice areas for our Veterans at both John Cochran and Jefferson Barracks:

  • Acute Inpatient Rehab
  • Outpatient Rehab
  • Skilled Nursing Rehab
  • Acute Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Driver’s Training Rehab
  • Home Base Primary Care
  • Community Based Rehab
  • MOVE Groups (Managing Overweight/Obesity in Veterans Everywhere)
  • Amputee Support Group
  • Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

Please join us in celebrating our VAMC Occupational Therapy Staff! They assist our Veterans in “Building the Skills for the Job of Living.”

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