NuHealth’s occupational therapists focus on helping patients of all ages recover their health and regain their independence following illnesses or injuries that result in a wide range of physical, perceptual, cognitive and psychosocial impairments. They are New York State-licensed professionals who work together with our multidisciplinary teams throughout Nassau University Medical Center in our neonatal intensive care unit, burn unit, various acute care units, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient center, as well as in the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility.
After conducting a comprehensive evaluation, our occupational therapists design an individualized treatment program of therapeutic exercises and activities that help patients regain or compensate for lost abilities. Through effective, evidence-based treatment, patient and family education, prescription of appropriate assistive devices and durable medical equipment, the occupational therapist prepares the patient to return safely and independently to the community.
Occupational Therapy Low-Vision Program
The Occupational Therapy Department provides an outpatient low-vision program for adults with vision loss due to macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Patients are assisted with choosing and learning how to use appropriate low-vision devices that will assist them in the performance of their daily activities. They will also learn how to modify their environment to improve independence and safety. Our therapists are also training patients as they have received implanted telescopes for macular degeneration.
Occupational Therapy Lymphedema Program
Lymphedema Therapy is offered in Outpatient Occupational Therapy. Patients who experience swelling in one or more extremities as a complication of a mastectomy, traumatic injury, surgery or infection may benefit from this service.
For more information about occupational therapy at NuHealth, please call (516) 572-6533.