As part of the TBI rehabilitation process, occupational therapy is designed to assess functions and potential complications related to the movement of upper extremities, daily living skills, cognition, vision and perception. Together with the patient and family, the occupational therapist will help determine the best ways to perform daily living skills including showering, dressing and personal hygiene. The therapist will identify equipment that can help the patient when eating, dressing and bathing.
The occupational therapist will also address specific skills to prepare the patient for their return home. These skills may include activities for daily living, such as:
- Brushing teeth
- Getting dressed
- Eating and using utensils
- Personal hygiene
- Grocery shopping
- Readiness for returning to work by assessing prevocational and vocational skills