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Avera St. Luke's Hospital

305 South State Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages overcome physical, developmental, social and emotional problems, giving people “skills for the job of living.” Our goal is to provide skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in their daily living.

At Avera St. Luke’s, our occupational therapists and assistants administer specific treatments involving exercises and purposeful activities to enable patients to regain independence and lead productive lives. We offer comprehensive services that include evaluation, treatment, screening, prevention and consultation.

Services are provided to inpatients at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, S.D., at 305 S. State St., and outpatient occupational therapy is done at Avera St. Luke's Therapy Center, 805 First Ave. SE. Occupational therapy is also provided in schools, nursing homes and other settings, including home health care. We provide occupational therapy services through Avera outreach facilities to people who live outside the Aberdeen area.

Now Offering Interactive Metronome Therapy

Do you have a child who’s having problems paying attention in school or at home, or have a family member who’s been diagnosed with stroke, a brain injury or Parkinson’s? It may be time to explore new options. Interactive Metronome (IM) therapy and reflex integration, offered at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, create the possibility for better motor and cognitive skills.

IM therapy can provide help for both children and adults, especially those with acquired neurological and motor deficits. IM therapy, a computer-powered assessment and treatment tool, can help improve motor planning, timing and sequencing. Headphones, hand and foot sensors are used to determine how closely a participant responds to computer-generated musical beats. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions such as tapping his toes on a floor sensor mat. Immediate feedback is given.

Call 605-622-5107 to find out more or to arrange for a free assessment.

Nano Nagle's Closet

Avera St. Luke’s Occupational Therapy collects donations of gently used bathroom, ambulatory and dressing equipment to help replenish the hospital’s “Nano Nagle Closet.” Donations of items such as shower chairs, transfer tub benches, grab bars, toilet rails, long-handled reachers, sock aids, button hooks, walkers and canes are accepted.

“Our Nano Nagle Closet has used equipment that people donate, and we give out this equipment to people who can’t afford it when they’re discharged from Avera St. Luke’s Hospital,” said Dalita Meyer, Director of Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation at Avera St. Luke’s.

For more information on Avera St. Luke's Occupational Therapy, call 605-622-5714.