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April 2017 Department Discovery: Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services

April 2017 Department Discovery: Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services

The April 2017 Department Discovery shines a light on Campbell County Health’s Occupational Therapy in Rehabilitation Services in the Stocktrail Building.

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month in April, we thought we would shed some light on this profession and outline the integral part they play in rehabilitation.

According to Supervisor Anni Stafford, MOTR/L, CHT, there are a total of eight occupational therapists at CCH Rehab Services, who strive to create a fun and healing environment for their patients.

For those who don’t know, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments—for example, at home, work, school and in the community—as well as addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through activities. Services are available to patients at the Stocktrail Building or in the comfort of their own home.

When working with an occupational therapist, individualized plans are created for problem solving, improved function and support of life activities, such as bathing, dressing and eating. Through occupational therapy, individuals develop needed skills, adjust their environment and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Many of the occupational therapists at Rehab Services have earned specialized certifications in their field. Specialties include hand therapy, stroke or traumatic brain injury, as well as therapists who specialize in pediatric patients with sensory deficits or developmental delays.

“We do it all, and with a smile!” Anni says. “I am very proud to be the supervisor of such a great group of therapists. They are all great people with a true passion for improving the lives of others.”

According to Anni, the best part of working as an occupational therapist at CCH is that the team gets to help patients reach their goals and return to their prior level of function—whether that be playing sports, back at work, or enjoying time with their grandkids. Anni also said another perk is getting to see really interesting cases and surgeries, and to learn from the best doctors around.

“Dr. Monica Morman often invites our therapists into the OR to see surgeries, so that we better understand the process and can treat the client more successfully. We are all constantly learning new things—from doctors, patients and each other,” she says.

And, in honor of National Occupational Therapy Month and the 100th Anniversary of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the department is hosting a fun week of activities April 3-7. They include:

  • Monday, April 3 is Flannel/Plaid Day: There will be a poster board set up as a Who’s Who? With all the OT’s pictures from when they were young.
  • Tuesday, April 4 is Pajama Day: We will have a cookie table in the waiting area. Please bring in baked goods to share with our patients!
  • Wednesday, April 5 is Beach Bum Day: We will be having a potluck lunch. Please bring in all your favorite finger foods and goodies to share with everyone!
  • Thursday, April 6 is 80’s Day: We will have 80’s music playing throughout the building all day!
  • Friday, April 7 is Hat Day: Bring your winning BINGO sheets to the front office to claim your prize!

A big round of applause to the CCH Occupational Therapy team! Thank you for all that you do in keeping our community healthy. Learn more about Occupational Therapy at www.cchwyo.org/rehab.