Welcome to my blog! I'm Janelle Niebeling, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist with the Hudson Hospital Rehabiliation Center.
April is Occupational Therapy Awareness Month. Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury or illness to regain abilities, treatment of arm and hand injuries, and for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes stay independent as long as possible. The most common misconception of occupational therapy is that you need to have a job to utilize our services. This is not true as we deal with the occupations of daily life like getting dressed, getting into a bathtub, preparing meals and the list goes on.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s ADL abilities and upper extremity function, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance 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.
Occupational therapy at Hudson Hospital can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. One of the outpatient services is hand therapy which helps patients with various upper extremity disorders including tennis or golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel, wrist or finger fractures, nerve injuries and post surgeries. The purpose of hand therapy is to get you pain free and back to your daily activities. Other outpatient services at Hudson Hospital include cognitive, visual and neurological rehabilitation to help you get back to your life after a stroke or head injury.
Inpatient occupational therapy involves working with patients and families to get their strength and function back after illnesses such as pneumonia, infections, surgeries and orthopaedic procedures. The goal of inpatient therapy is to ensure the patient can transition back to the least restrictive setting safely and effectively and prevent having to return to the hospital.
It is great knowing that everyday is another chance to make a difference in someone’s life and allow them to remain as independent as long as possible. My favorite part of working at Hudson Hospital is the ability to see a wide variety of patients to be able to make an impact in my community on a daily basis.
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