Occupational therapists have a primary focus on functional activities that individuals complete during their daily lives. Activities of daily living (ADLs) include bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, bladder and bowel management, and functional transfers. Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) include care of others, care of pets, community mobility, child rearing, shopping, use of communication devices, financial management, health management and maintenance, meal preparation and cleanup, safety procedures and emergency responses. Occupational therapists assist individuals with the use of adaptive equipment, compensatory techniques and alternative methods to complete these activities more independently.
Winneshiek Medical Center offers direct access to their rehabilitation services without a doctor’s referral. Call 563-387-3031 to make an appointment.
Winneshiek Medical Center offers incontinence therapy to patients in the region. Many types of incontinence problems can be helped with appropriate therapy including stress incontinence, urge incontinence, urinary frequency, mixed incontinence, and nighttime incontinence. We can also help with pelvic floor dysfunction including painful urination, pelvic floor pain that has lasted greater than six months and mild pelvic organ prolapse. Treatments include pelvic floor muscle training, patient education, pelvic floor musculo-skeletal assessment, behavioral modifications, bladder diary, electrical stimulation, and home exercise program. Therapy frequency and duration may vary, but most patients see improvement with one treatment per week for 4-6 weeks.
Call WMC Rehab and Sports Medicine to learn more about incontinence therapy: 563-387-3031
Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah is the only facility in the area to offer hand therapy led by Certified Hand Therapists. Hand therapists specialize in the treatment of upper extremity conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
In addition to treating the condition, certified hand therapists also assess and educate patients on how to modify/improve how they do their daily tasks (playing sports, computer work, gardening) to ensure best results of their condition.
Call Winneshiek Medical Center Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at 563-387-3031 to learn more about hand therapy available in Decorah.
Lymphedema is a chronic swelling of an extremity due to permanent obstruction of lymphatic pathways due to surgery, lymph node removal, radiation and impaired mobility. This inadequate fluid drainage can cause:
This can lead to:
Contact our Rehab Department to be treated by one of our certified lymphedema therapists: 563-387-3031
A dementia diagnosis may cause patients and families alike to question the future. Although there is no cure for dementia, Winneshiek Medical Center’s Dementia Care Program can help patients maintain a good quality of life, by providing specific strategies to implement as their loved ones reach new stages of dementia.
The program is available to patients living in their own home, with their families, or in a long term care facility.
Dementia is a term for diseases and conditions characterized by a decline in memory or other thinking skills that affects a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia is not a normal part of aging; therefore, it is important to get a diagnosis to identify the actual cause of the problem so that you can receive proper care.
Occupational therapists work closely with the patient and their caregiver to help “see the person” to customize their care. Therapists strive to learn about the patient’s life; including family, former occupations and interests. Below are a few examples of what occupational therapists can suggest to improve quality of life.
WMC’s Dementia Care Program is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. It is important to check with your insurance carrier before beginning services.
For more information on WMC’s Dementia Care Program, talk to your primary care provider, or call the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine department at 563-387-3031.
Winneshiek Medical Center’s pediatric occupational therapists serve infants, children, and young adults who may have the following conditions:
Some children feel physically uncomfortable in their world. These feeling can be due to Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). SPD is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. A person with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses, which creates challenges in performing countless everyday tasks. Motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, depression, school challenges, and other impacts may result if the disorder is not treated effectively.
Effective occupational therapy enables children with Sensory Processing Disorder to take part in the normal activities of childhood, such as playing with friends, enjoying school, eating, dressing, and sleeping.
Our OTs are trained in use of the Zones of Regulation and How Does Your Engine Run curriculums which is designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control with individuals of all ages. These curriculums utilize:
Our OTs are trained in use of Sequential Oral Sensory approach to feeding to increase food variety intake. During feeding therapy our therapists identify physical, behavioral, oral-motor and sensory factors that may be challenges for the individual.
Our OTs are trained to evaluate children’s fine motor skills and can provide interventions to target delays and deficits in this area. The following common fine motor target areas:
Our occupational therapist can teach children how to become more independent in daily living activities including dressing, toileting, bathing, self-feeding, grooming, etc.
Our therapists are trained utilizing the Social Thinking curriculum to assist in improving social skills. Social skills are necessary to communicate and interact well with others in everyday life.