Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy Department provides services to both inpatients and outpatients and home health patients who have a wide variety of neurological and orthopaedic disorders. Treatment focuses on increasing independence in activities of daily living. In addition to all standard treatment modalities, home evaluations are provided to ease the transition between hospital and home by identifying equipment needs and addressing safety issue.

Our team approach provides a continuum of care that often starts within days of the injury or surgery and continues through to the patient’s return to work or a productive lifestyle. Our qualified hand therapist evaluates and identifies any problem relative to the upper extremities and can effectively treat and rehabilitate a patient utilizing specialized techniques for:

  • Management of acute or chronic pain.
  • Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma.
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury.
  • Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity and/or strength.
  • Splint fabrication for prevention or correction of injury.
  • Training in the performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment.
  • Conditioning prior to returning to work.


Hand Therapy

Olga gives therapyOur hand therapist  Sarah Mechling MS/OTRL is an Occupational Therapist specializing in conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.

Working as a partner with your surgeon or physician, she has been trained to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendonitis, repetitive stress injuries (RSI), fractures, arthritis, crush injuries, amputations, replantations, nerve injuries, tendon repairs, and joint reconstruction.

Mendocino Coast Hospital’s primary hand therapist, Sarah has obtained advanced certifications in hand therapy and physical agent modalities. She also holds ergonomic certifications. All of our occupational therapists providing hand therapy are licensed by the California State Board of Occupational Therapy and are certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT).


When there is a need, your physician will order occupational therapy. This might include training in bathing, dressing, feeding and other self care. The goal of Occupational Therapy is to help you maintain your independence in activities of daily living, including the use of adaptive devices like dressing aids, reachers, feeding utensils and personal hygiene assistance.



Home Health