Anita van der Wath Occupational Therapy provides the Occupational Therapy services at Cape Rehab Team.
Occupational therapy is a client-centred profession concerned with promoting health and well-being, preventing disability and enhancing development through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in their activities of everyday life.
Following a neurological event, physical abilities are often affected which can have a direct impact on functional independence and quality of life. Occupational Therapy aims to restore and develop these vital skills necessary to lead meaningful and satisfying lives following neurological injuries.
Depending on the diagnosis, Occupational Therapy usually commences early on in the acute phase of the condition, and may continue right through until the final stages of rehabilitation. Treatment programs are designed specific to each patient and we regularly work within a multidisciplinary team to ensure the best possible functional outcome.
We are a team of Neurological Occupational Therapists who are passionate about supporting the rehabilitation process by helping those affected to find their new version of normal. For some, it may be to support a hospital discharge, adapt the home environment or to source relevant equipment to maximize independence. For others it may include improving daily routine, advising on fatigue management, improving cognitive function or facilitating a return to work.
We treat any physical/neurological condition which impedes a person’s ability to function normally. The pathologies treated most frequently include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury,
- Parkinson’s Disease,
- Multiple Sclerosis,
- Motor Neuron Disease,
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome,
- Spinal Cord Injury,
Therapy focuses on goal-directed treatment to ensure optimal quality of life by:
Anita graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2015 with a degree in Occupational Therapy, after which she completed her year of community service at Cecilia Makiwane Regional Hospital in the Eastern Cape.
Anita then went on to work in the Neurosurgery Unit at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town where she gained specialized skills by treating patients with a wide range of functional and physical abilities, including exposure to neurosurgical, neuro-oncology and neurology cases as well as weekly seating clinics.
She broadened her field of expertise by completing the Basic, Intermediate (2016) and Advanced (2017) Seating Courses; an international Acute Stroke Management Symposium (2015); Bobath (NDT) training (2017) and completed her advanced Bobath training in 2020.
Anita moved into the private sector in 2018 and has since been treating adults in both the acute and rehabilitation phase. Anita has a special interest in the management of adults with traumatic brain injuries, neuro-oncology and strokes.
She is passionate about the unique role that Occupational Therapists get to play in the recovery of patients from the acute phase of illness through to the final stages of reintegration back into their community.