What’s your morning routine?  It might include actions like brushing your teeth, putting your shoes and socks on, or making a bowl of cereal.

When an individual suffers a fall, has a stroke, or experiences some other injury, regaining the strength and coordination required to do even the simplest tasks can be lost. It’s the occupational therapist’s job to make sure that they regain these skills, and to help the resident live life to the fullest. Occupational therapists in a skilled nursing facility like ours help people to achieve physical actions that they previously could not — things that they either need or want to do in order to keep living their lives independently.

Examples of this in our facilities include household chores like cooking or laundry, and self-care tasks like eating or personal hygiene. At Embassy, those actions are referred to as ADLs, or Activities of Daily Living. Using various techniques or devices, occupational therapists help residents to heal, become more mobile, and therefore enjoy an increased level of safety and independence.

Caregivers also benefit from occupational therapy at Embassy, as it’s part of the therapist’s job to educate them on the best ways to assist the resident.

April is Occupational Therapy Month. What are a few ways that you can contribute and raise awareness? Follow these links for suggestions:

  1. Educate yourself
  2. Encourage awareness in social media
  3. Ask us how our occupational therapy programs can help you or a loved one

It’s easy to take our everyday actions for granted, until we — or a loved one — lose those abilities. Help to spread awareness of occupational therapy this month. Who knows, you might just change someone’s life for the better!