News April 17 2017
April is National Occupational Therapy Month
Published April 17, 2017
This April, AssistedCare is proud to celebrate National Occupational Therapy month by honoring its occupational therapists and raising awareness and understanding of occupational therapy as a profession.
Occupational therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapists enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
This year marks the 100 year anniversary for the profession. Occupational therapists have been around since 1917, when therapists started working with military personnel returning from the war.
Occupational therapists focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.
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 supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to perform a job that enhances our patient’s’ quality of living and walking out their door knowing we made a positive difference in their life,” Jamie Stratton, AssistedCare Occupational Therapist.
AssistedCare has served as a leading provider of in-home health care services in our community since 1994. They provide occupational therapy services in 25 counties across southeastern NC including: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, Beaufort, Bertie, Craven, Duplin, Edgecomb, Franklin, Greene, Halifax, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Onslow, Pender, Pitt, Sampson, Wake, Wayne and Wilson counties.