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We are experiencing daily challenges as we work together to face the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an unprecedented time in our lives. What is our role in the social distancing healthcare world?  Occupational Therapy (OT) services are considered essential services by CMS as a key part of patient care.  Delays in rehabilitation have been associated with worsening symptoms and adverse events. Even through this challenging time – Functional Pathways continues to provide OT services that exceed expectations. Resident identification and treatment are even more imperative now as individuals are confined to rooms and wings with less visibility to staff and families.

Occupational therapy emerged as a profession in 1917 in the United States of America when the National Society for Promotion of Occupational Therapy was created. This later evolved into the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). This association was established with the belief in remedial properties of human occupation. This therapy played a vital role in the treatment of patients suffering with AIDS, polio, tuberculosis, and other illnesses. OT serves as a holistic approach to rehabilitation incorporating both psychiatric and physical dysfunction components. How ironic that 103 years later, the world would be thrown into a COVID-19 pandemic. The role of OT continues to be multi-dimensional as we face a world of social distancing and isolation. Some of the ways OT can benefit our residents include helping the patient become more independent in daily living skills, improve social interaction, and use of occupation/activities to promote wellness and quality of life.

Functional Pathways celebrates the profession of Occupational Therapy during April.  We salute our dedicated clinicians who are serving our clients under the most challenging times.   Your passion, creativity, and commitment to making a difference in the lives you touch is reflected every day.    Please join us to promote Occupational Therapy – Solutions to the Challenges of Everyday Life!

 

Written by Beth Reigart, Clinical Outcomes Specialst