Occupational therapy (OT) is a rehabilitation field that uses knowledge to help people regain skills in order to help them recover or adapt to new conditions following injury, illness, or as a result of a developmental disorder. In short, OT equips people with the skills they need in order to do the things that are meaningful and necessary in their everyday lives. We work with clients who are referred by physicians, community or governmental agencies.
Clients can be referred to us for several reasons, but a few of the most frequently seen ones include:
- difficulty in caring for yourself or others
- assistance in managing daily life with chronic conditions or disabilities
- concerns about home safety
- challenges of low vision
- difficulty moving around the community
- return to work and school following an illness or injury
- wheelchair fittings
- assistive technology assessments and recommendations
- the difficulty of driving or providing transportation for yourself
In adults, we most commonly see clients following:
- a neurological event or diagnosis, such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, or Alzheimer’s
- a fall
- a recognition of changing eyesight or strength
In children, we most commonly see clients with:
- developmental delays
- challenging behavior
- difficulty succeeding in daily school tasks
Give us a call! Based on the information you provide us, we will schedule an appointment for one of our skilled clinicians to meet with you at your convenience. Upon the evaluation, if it’s decided that ongoing treatment is necessary, we’ll need a physician referral to bill your insurance. Physician referrals are not required for self-pay clients.
Approximately one hour, sometimes an hour and a half, depending on the specific needs of the person.
This varies from client-to-client, so the determination will be made by the therapist and the client at the time of the initial evaluation.
Yes, however, coverage may vary based on your individual carrier and whether Washington University is listed as in or outside of your network. Our intake coordinator can assist with identifying the details of your plan and individual coverage.
Yes. Traditionally, Medicare will pay 80% of the treatment costs.
Washington University is a credentialed provider for clients who are under the age of 19, however, we do not accept Medicaid coverage for adults at this time.
Yes, if an in-home evaluation is requested and if you live within an hour’s drive of St. Louis. Outside that area, you will be instructed to come to the clinic or we will try to refer you to another facility closer to your home. *Please note, visits to areas further outside of the St. Louis metro-area will be dependent upon our clinicians’ availability.
No, we are not able to provide treatment in Illinois at this time, but you are welcome to visit our clinic in St. Louis. Washington University Physicians are in the process of developing an Illinois based clinic group that will allow OT to provide services in Illinois, please stay tuned.