People who have experienced an accident, injury, surgery, or chronic condition often are referred to a physical therapist to aid in their recovery. If the condition affects a person’s ability to go about their normal day, occupational therapy (OT) also may be prescribed.
So it’s time to leave the hospital – what’s next? Many patients recovering from illness, injury, or a surgical procedure are ready to be discharged from a hospital (acute care) but are not ready to return home. Some patients may need more carefully supervised rehabilitation, while others may lack the support system at home that they need to fully recover.