Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Programme

Occupational therapy and rehabilitaiton  (Rainbow Center )

Occupational Therapy (OT) in Bellevue Hospital was started in 1959 by Mrs. Beryl Watson and Mr. Alton Dyce two of the first Occupational Therapist in Jamaica. Since then the department has improved on and develop numerous therapeutic programs for both inpatient and outpatients Offered at the Institution.

Today, the OT Centre is staffed by a Unit Supervisor, A woodwork instructor, A Tailor, Voluntary Art Instructors and by extension a Farm Manager stationed at the KRRC.

The Centre Opens between the hours of 8:30am to 5:00pm weekdays

The Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation caters to the needs of patients whose lives have been disrupted by:

  • Physical injury or Disabled
  • Developmental Problems
  • The aging Process
  • Social or emotional problems

Through the Unit’s treatment programs patients are engaged in PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITY that requires the physical and mental involvement of the patients.

Occupational Therapy at BVH is a part of a collaborated TEAM EFFORT which includes;

  • Physicians
  • Prosthetists or Orthotists
  • Nurses
  • Vocational Counselors
  • Physical therapist
  • Vocational Instructors (woodwork & Needle work)
  • Speech & Hearing Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Art tutors (Edna Manley College)


Their aim is to improve the individual’s quality and enjoyment of life by identifying and meeting appropriate behaviors and skills.

Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation includes:

  • Assessment
  •  Treatment planning
  • Treatment implementation
  • Frequent re-evaluations

Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Goals of treatment are:


  (Minimized through purposeful activates)


 (Skills required to care for individual daily needs are taught)


 (Both physical and social)


 (People are happier and stay healthier when gainfully employed)


These are some of the skills taught at OT Centre and by extension the Kenneth Royes Rehabilitation Centre:

  • Crochet
  • Mat making
  • Embroidery
  • Woodwork
  • Tailoring
  • Visual arts
  • Preforming arts
  • Baking
  • Farming


Occupational therapy is concerned with treating the consequences of disease or injury, as it affects the individual’s ability to function. To this end the therapist uses activities or tasks that engage a person’s resources of time and energy to a particular goal. Working towards this goal gives the individual hope and purpose and develop the drive towards some form of accomplishment.