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HRMC celebrates Occupational Therapy Month

Posted: Monday, Apr 22nd, 2013

HRMC employees Saren Kahre (left) and Karmen VanDerWerff string paperclips together while Katie Nohr, certified occupational therapist, watches for 60 seconds on the clock during Occupational Therapy month celebration at HRMC. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

In celebration of April as National Occupational Therapy month, therapists and employees at Huron Regional Medical Center exercised their quick-thinking and fine motor skills in a game modeled after the hit TV show “Minute to Win It,” on April 18.

The theme for this year’s celebration, “Occupational Therapy: Developing Skills — Building Lives,” describes the purpose HRMC therapists bring to work each day. Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the use of everyday activities (occupations).

Each day you might find HRMC occupational therapists helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the patient’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

“What we do is focus on helping individuals attain independence or improve quality of life through their daily activities — oftentimes, we are working on basic self-care tasks like helping someone who has been injured obtain independence with bathing, dressing or making a meal for themselves,” explained Lavin Haberling, certified occupational therapist for HRMC. “We also assist people in getting back to their work or leisure activities — anything that brings meaning to their life.”

For the complete article see the 04-21-2013 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 04-21-2013 paper.

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