Ergotherapy
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Ergotherapy

Recognising the person for their entire life situation

When a patient is given individually planned treatment, they become able to regain or maintain their ability to act in the personal, social and professional areas of their lives. We use our professional skills to integrate the patient into everyday and professional life optimally. We offer a comprehensive ergotherapy program, divided into individual and group therapies. 

Everyday-oriented therapy (EOT)

In everyday-oriented therapy, client-centred everyday activities which are necessary and meaningful for the patient in their everyday life, are used as a therapy medium. These selected activities are adapted to current performance and the patient is supported on an individual basis in them. With this, the patient learns how to plan and do things with increasing independence. These activities can be practiced at an AOT inside the clinic - the various domains include home, garden, office or workshop. At an external AOT (in Bad Ragaz or Chur) this includes e.g. the use of public transport, buying and collection of information.

Self-reliance training

Self-reliance training is about re-learning how to perform everyday life tasks which are necessary and meaningful for the patient in their personal everyday life. Here, the aim is to achieve as much self-reliance in the management of one's life as possible. It can involve either individual activities e.g. the preparation of a meal and the conditions which are necessary for the performance of an action (fine motor skills, planning perception). The targeted use of resources is also a part of self-reliance training.

Therapeutic body care

The aim of therapeutic body care is to help the patient wash and dress themselves with as little aid as possible from aides (e.g. relatives or care staff). They are aided on an individual basis.

Food therapy

In food therapy the training aim is independence in food intake through targeted use of hand and arm functions. Another focus is support through individual adaptations and assistance means in order that the patient will gain as much autonomy as possible in their eating.

Training in the rehabilitation studio

During a spell of independent living in the rehabilitation studio, which is located approx. 200m away from the clinic, patients are accompanied and supported by ergotherapists. The aim of the training is granting the patient an increasing level of self-reliance in their everyday tasks e.g. buying, cooking, tidying up, washing clothes, the creation of invoices and meeting deadlines.

Neuro-training

In neuro-training, the focus is on the development of cognitive skills (e.g. attention, spatial performance, learning and memory, planning and problem solutions) which are important to the patient in their personal and professional everyday life. There is therapy material developed specially for adults. It is developed on a neurological basis, and it can be adapted to the abilities of a patient.

Digital living area clarification

This is a new, photography-based procedure, which clarifies the living situation of the patient from the perspective of possible barriers and fall risk factors. Following an analysis of the patient's current living situation by the ergotherapist, they will ask the patient and their relatives individually oriented questions concerning possible adaptations to their living area. Furthermore, the digital living area clarification provides the therapist with a therapy planning means and it allows for a precise training of the particular abilities of the patient; something which is required prior to a discharge of the patient from the clinic back to their home environment.

Help means treatment and advice

Help means can contribute to an improved independence of the patient in their home and working life and in their free time. The use of help means allows for effortless and joint-friendly tasks and can contribute to pain reduction. After an ergotherapy counselling session, assembled help means in the clinic can be borrowed and tested. We also provide help means which are specially adapted to the requirements of the patient.

Computer-supported arm training ("Armeo")

The aim of computer-supported training revolves around the maintenance and recovery of motor skills. “Armeo” supports functional arm movement. With integrated weight relief, gravity can be overcome even when arm function is limited in some way, and a large movement radius can be accomplished. This kind of arm training is suitable as a means of active self-training for the patient. With direct feedback, the tasks, which can be individually adapted to performance level, show a challenging and motivational character.

Splint treatment/orthotic devices

Joints are stabilised or sedated with the adaptation of static splints or the use of orthoses. In the event of absent or reduced muscle activity, it is possible to create dynamic splints as a functional replacement thing. The aim of splint treatment is optimised manual use in everyday life and the reduction of pain.

Orientation group

The orientation group focuses on orientation recovery depending on the person, situation, time and location. Patients with operation impairments learn how to use strategies and the use of aid means e.g. a diary, a Smartphone or other electronic media.

Cognitive self-training

In this group, cognitive training such attention, memory, spatial performance etc. are developed. Special computer programs are used which allow the patient to perform self-reliant, goal-oriented tasks following an introduction by the ergotherapist.

Arm mobilisation group

The aim of this group treatment is providing the patient with adequate use of an affected arm. Patients are also instructed in how they can mobilise and stimulate the upper extremity independently. Hence, considerable attention is devoted to the neglected side of the body and to perception.

Arm/hand function group

This group therapy has the aim of improving arm and hand use. With the use of “Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy” (CIT), the patient is motivated to use the affected arm as much as possible. In everyday-oriented tasks, the patient learns to use their affected arm in their personal everyday life according to their capabilities.

Fine motor skills group

The targeted improvement of hand and finger co-ordination, hand strength and sensitivity is promoted in this group, in the form of individual training.

Writing group

The writing group is all about the promotion of writing movements and writing flow. This therapy is appropriate for patients whose writing hand has been limited in its movements, but also for those who need to learn to write again using the other hand.

Garden group

In the garden group, there is a large therapy garden available. The garden group is an everyday-oriented therapy which is divided into two areas: the first is the planning of the garden and the second is the realisation of the established plants plan. In addition to motor skills such as mobility and stamina, cognitive functions are also included and promoted.

Workshop group

Neurological domain: in this group, physical functions, such as gross and fine motor movements, strength and stamina are promoted and practiced. This kind of therapy is also suitable for attention, planning or memory training.

Rheumatological domain: in this group, the focus lies on the continuous application of ergonomic principles in everyday or professional life. The workshop group also works toward function improvement e.g. with existing shoulder or hand problems and toward improving stamina and resilience.

Relaxation group (autogenic training)

The relaxation group is oriented towards autogenic training. It involves focusing on one's own body and breathin,g to attain calmness and well-being. Patients are instructed in how to use this relaxation procedure for themselves after the end of their stay at the clinic.