Occupational therapy (OT) involves exercise and training to help a stroke patient relearn everyday activities such as eating, drinking and swallowing, dressing, bathing, cooking, reading and writing, and toileting. The goal of OT is to help the patient become independent or semi-independent.
Occupational Therapy is an important part of almost every stroke rehabilitation program. A recent study concluded that patients who had received occupational therapy after a stroke were more independent in performing their personal activities of daily living and were more likely to maintain these abilities. The primary role of the Occupational Therapist (OT) is to assist their patients to have the maximum independence in as many areas of their life as possible.