Inpatient occupational therapy services are provided by licensed professionals organized into care teams based on a patient's medical diagnoses.
How Does Occupational Therapy Help?
The primary reason for occupational therapy in a hospital setting is to evaluate and treat patients with complex medical issues that have functional limitations. One of the main roles of the inpatient occupational therapist is to recommend a plan for rehabilitation upon discharge from the hospital to the patient's treatment team. Consultation and treatment requires a referral from a BIDMC physician.
Occupational therapists at BIDMC evaluate and treat patients on all nursing units on both east and west campuses. Therapists on the medical/surgery units rotate every six months to a different patient population in order to gain experience with the wide variety of diagnoses.
Inpatient occupational therapy services are available Monday through Saturday on the medical/surgical units and Sunday through Friday on the psychiatric unit, from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Services on weekends and holidays are limited to prioritized consults and those patients being discharged home on that day.