The Occupational Therapy department takes care of functional requirements of patients. It has specific application in the post-operative management of those who have had hand, foot and face tendon transfer surgery, in assisting them to re-integrate the transferred tendon to produce useful output in activities of daily living. It also provides services in situations where there is a need to redefine occupations, if there is to be a change of job recommended for the safety of the patient.
Routine occupational therapy services are provided to both in and out patients. Commonly, patients are referred for different evaluations and therapy to restore functional ability. The department also collaborates with other clinical departments and rehabilitation care providing units, with a major thrust on prevention of impairment and disabilities.
Occupational Therapy students from different colleges attend a one-week programme on “Essentials of Occupational Therapy in Leprosy rehabilitation”. It is also involved in teaching other disciplines in the care of hands and feet. The department also takes an active part in teaching health education to other trainees at Karigiri.