April is Occupational Therapy Month

April 1, 2014 by Deena
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Celebrating Occupational Therapy Month

As your local Occupational Therapy staff members at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor we would like to take the time to celebrate our profession with you all during the month of April. April has been designated as Occupational Therapy month and is celebrated around the nation within the profession. We are honored to be in your community and to have had the opportunity to work with some of you. On the other hand, some of you may not be familiar with our profession; therefore, we would like to take this time to introduce you to Occupational Therapy.

 Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping to promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to an individual to assist in living purposeful and meaningful lives. 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.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow you to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment—occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

  • Achieve goals
  • Function at the highest possible level
  • Concentrate on what matters most to them
  • Maintain or rebuild their independence
  • Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

We can be reached at (320)564-6244 for additional information and/or inquiries.

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Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

Paulette, COTA/L; Danielle, OTR/L; Kelly, OTR/L; Cristin, COTA/L

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