Occupational therapists assist patients in relearning a variety of daily activities, including eating, dressing, and personal hygiene. These activities are referred to as activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists also help patients regain control and function of their arms and hands. Additionally, occupational therapist may assess the need for a wheelchair, specialized cushions, or other equipment that will allow patients to function safely and independently in the home and community environment. Therapists instruct both the patient and family on the use of this equipment, positioning and transferring techniques, and activities of daily living.

Services Offered

Services offered include specialized seating and wheelchair assessment for pediatric and adult patients on the inpatient and outpatient services, as well as evaluation and recommendation of other durable medical equipment such as bathroom grab bars, commodes, shower seats, and other assistive devices for daily living. Treatment of complex burn patients, including those needing special hand/upper extremity splints, is offered for both in and out patients.

Volunteer Opportunities for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy

UC Davis Health offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in the fields of Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy. These opportunities are coordinated through the UC Davis Health Volunteer Services. UC Davis Health Volunteer Services can be contacted at 916-734-2401. Volunteers may observe Occupational or Physical Therapy treatments and evaluations. Students can observe Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs), Physical Therapists or Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) in the following settings: Outpatient, Inpatient Rehabilitation or Acute Care. Some volunteer duties may include: observing patient exercises/treatments and manual therapy techniques, assisting with computer exercise programs, filing, photocopying or cleaning. Volunteers typically work up to 4 hours per week up to 50 hours total. This placements is an opportunity for the volunteer to observe and learn rather than to participate in a structured and formal classroom experience.

Clinical Affiliation Opportunities for Occupational Therapy Students and Physical Therapy Students

UC Davis Health offers clinical affiliation opportunities for students currently enrolled in accredited programs in the United States for Occupational Therapy, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistant. In order for a student from a program to be eligible for a clinical affiliation at UC Davis Health, contacts between individual programs and UC Davis Health are required. To discuss potential clinical affiliations/ contracts, each school should contact the following clinical student coordinators:

Physical Therapy:
Kurt Steen, PT, CCCE

Occupational Therapy:
Jacinto Yamzon, OTR/L, Field Work Coordinator