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Occupational Therapy


What is occupational therapy? Most of us take for granted the skills we use in everyday living. We complete our jobs, dress, bathe and feed ourselves, cook, clean and walk without conscious thought. These seemingly simple activities are a daily challenge to someone who has had an injury, debilitating illness or other disability. Occupational therapists at Skiff Medical Center can help restore that ability, allowing us to return to independence in all of our "occupations," including those at home and our place of employment.

Treatment options

The occupational therapist completes a comprehensive evaluation of the individual's upper body strength, joint range of motion, coordination and ability to complete self-care and work tasks. Based on this assessment, a specific treatment plan is developed which may include activities to increase strength, range of motion, endurance, coordination, or simulate "occupational tasks."

The therapist also may teach the client how to adapt their home or workplace or use adaptive equipment. A home exercise program may also be part of the treatment plan. Ultimately, the occupational therapist helps the individual to function at his or her highest level possible and to complete life's occupations with greater ease and independence.

Personalized treatment

Occupational therapists at Skiff provide personalized treatment in these areas:

  • Stroke
  • Fractures and injuries to the shoulder, elbow and wrist
  • Specialized treatment for the hand for work injuries, trauma and disease
  • Hip and knee replacement
  • Arthritis
  • Occupational therapy for children
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Home safety evaluations
  • Bathing, dressing, toileting, homemaking tasks
  • Splinting (elbow, wrist, hand, foot)
  • Wheelchair assessment and positioning
  • Nursing home consultation

Contact us

To learn more about occupational therapy services for children and adults in Newton, Jasper County and the Des Moines area, call (641) 791-4386.

Skiff Medical Center
204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Phone: (641) 792-1273
Toll-free: (888) 792-1273

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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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