University of Southern California
University of Southern California
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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Patient Care
Patient Care

Hospital-Based Occupational Therapy Programs

Bariatric Center of Excellence

  • Incorporate lifestyle and habit changes into daily living prior to surgery
  • Improve safety and performance of personal care activities
  • Prepare for return to work, school, social and other activities
  • Overcome barriers to following dietary guidelines

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • Incorporate post-operative precautions
  • Improve functional strength and activity endurance
  • Safely perform basic personal care activities and daily routines
  • Develop a home transition plan including caregivers
  • Provide recommendations for appropriate referral to continued outpatient rehabilitation

Low Vision

  • Provide low vision rehabilitation services
  • Teach visual perception and ocular motor retraining
  • Enhance independence and safety in everyday activities at home, work and in the community
  • Recommend assistive devices and technology as needed

Lymphedema and Edema Management

  • Improve range of motion
  • Increase independent performance of self-care
  • Minimize possibility of bacterial infection
  • Reduce swelling through manual therapy and compression bandaging
  • Provide personal plan for lymphedema management in the context of everyday activities

Neurology/ Neurosurgery

  • Introduce neuromuscular re-education
  • Perform neurorehabilitation of hand functioning
  • Employ splinting and physical modalities
  • Lifestyle Redesign® for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, Pain Management, and Headaches


  • Recover functional activity performance
  • Reprioritize personal goals during progressive debilitation or during remission
  • Intervene to minimize nerve injury and sensory loss, and improve range of motion and strength
  • Decrease contractures, edema or lymphedema, and manage debilitating pain and fatigue
  • Lifestyle Redesign® Cancer Survivors


  • Ensure compliance with movement restrictions or other precautions
  • Early out-of-bed ambulation during practice of automated routines
  • Educate and train use of adaptive equipment to increase independence
  • Prevent falls by planning for the challenges, routines and environments of everyday life
  • Provide customized plans for daily activities that optimize likelihood of better surgical outcomes

Psychiatry/ Mental Health

  • Improve capacity for functional activity
  • Reinforce healthy routines and daily habits
  • Enhance role performance to successfully meet the demands of everyday life in the community


  • Improve physical and psychosocial health to promote transplantation candidacy
  • Maintain quality of life through successful activity performance and routines
  • Restore independence in daily living activities and meaningful occupations

Hand Therapy

  • Assess and treat limitations in strength, coordination, sensation and motor control
  • Customized splinting and positioning
  • Teach therapeutic exercise
  • Retrain neuromuscular system
  • Desensitize
  • Customize plan for maximizing function and avoiding injury in the context of everyday activities

To make an appointment or for more information, speak with your physician for a referral or call us at (323) 442-8850 today!