Optimae Rehabilitation Services is Iowa’s first rehabilitation clinic geared specifically towards helping individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities acquire or relearn the skills they need to lead productive, independent lives through occupational therapy services.
These services are provided from our outpatient clinic in Des Moines’ East Village, an individual‘s home or within the community. Group and individual sessions are offered in Polk, Story, Marion, Jasper, Madison, Warren and Dallas Counties.
Occupational therapy significantly improves an individual’s ability to engage in daily life activities and routines. This promotes the prevention or worsening of existing disabilities and conditions, while promoting independence in individuals who otherwise would require institutionalization or long-term care.
Our practitioners address barriers through interventions focused on enhancing existing skills, creating new opportunities and promoting wellness, as well as the restoration of lost skills and abilities and modification of a person’s environment or activity.
We evaluate and focus on four areas where our customers most often face challenges when providing occupational therapy. These include:
- Stigma: Occupational therapy helps individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities overcome stigma by teaching them self-care skills and providing them with opportunities to practice those skills in their communities and at home.
- Safety: Occupational therapy interventions enable individuals to improve self-care, better access the services and supports they need and guard against victimization. These intervention focus on building social, money management and self-advocacy skills, among others.
- Low socio-economic status: Occupational therapists collaborate with customers, educators, employers and other agencies to help individuals prepare for and succeed with employment.
- Lack of long-term housing: Occupational therapy assists individuals in identifying safe and affordable community housing that best fits their needs through the evaluation and development of skills such as money management, paying bills, cleaning and housing maintenance.
Optimae Rehabilitation also currently provides physical and speech therapy to customers through contracted agencies and plans to add these services in-house in the future.
For more information please call (515)979-4117 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are located at 600 East Court Avenue, Suite 120 in Des Moines.