Occupational therapists help cancer survivors with the education and training needed to improve their ability to perform the activities of daily living (ADL). By studying how individuals interact with their day-to-day surroundings, occupational therapists can help cancer survivors adapt or address any physical limitations resulting from treatment.
Occupational therapy can assist patients with the following:
- Self-care activities: eating, dressing, grooming, bathing or cooking.
- Equipment evaluation: can help determine whether a cancer survivor needs a wheelchair, bathroom equipment such as a commode, or assistive devices such as a reacher or sock aid.
- Orthotics: can help promote healing, appropriate positioning, rest or pain relief if prescribed by the patient's physician.
- Physical abilities: can help improve coordination, dexterity, range of motion, and strength in the upper extremities so that a cancer survivor can better pursue daily activities and leisure activities.
For appointments, a doctor's written prescription is needed and may be sent by fax or mail. Prior authorization by the health plan may also be needed. Patients will be called to arrange an initial evaluation within 24 hours of receiving the prescription.
To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please call (310) 423-2111.