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Lake Regional Celebrates Occupational Therapy Month

Friday, April 6, 2018

A 65-year-old grandfather recovering from a joint replacement surgery. A 7-year-old girl who has trouble concentrating. A 30-year-old construction worker who has been injured at work. What do these three individuals have in common?

Any of them could benefit from occupational therapy.

"Our occupational therapists help people of all ages — preschoolers through seniors —overcome challenges so they can do the things they want and need to do to lead fulfilling lives," said Courtney Hulett, P.T., director of Lake Regional Rehabilitation Therapies.

Every April, Lake Regional Health System joins the American Occupational Therapy Association and hospitals nationwide in celebrating National Occupational Therapy Month. The celebration's theme, Living Life to Its FullestTM, reflects how occupational therapists help clients achieve life-changing goals.

These therapists help patients with their "occupations," or daily activities that range from getting dressed to completing work tasks. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping people re-gain skills after injury or stroke, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Lake Regional occupational therapists also help patients manage lymphedema — chronic swelling that usually affects the arms and legs and results from a variety of diseases and conditions, including cancer, chronic venous insufficiency and congestive heart failure.

Occupational therapists provide patients with individualized evaluations, during which patients and their families help determine treatment goals. The therapists then provide customized interventions to improve the patient's ability to perform daily activities. Progress evaluations ensure the patients' goals are being met.

"In occupational therapy, individuals develop needed skills, adjust to their environments — or learn how to adjust their environments to them — and build health-promoting habits and routines that allow them to thrive," Hulett said.

Lake Regional offers occupational therapy at the hospital in Osage Beach and at Lake Regional Rehab Therapy in Eldon and Laurie. For more information, visit www.lakeregional.com/occupationaltherapy or call 573.302.2230.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake area. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional also operates primary care, walk-in care, specialty care and rehab therapy clinics; retail pharmacies; and home health services throughout the lake area.

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