2008-04-25 / Community

PHC Sets Occupational Therapy Day

Caroline Kraft, OTR, director of Occupational Therapy, is looking forward to upcoming Occupational Therapy Day. She is enthusiastic about introducing the community to the occupational therapy services available at Peninsula Hospital Center and PCECR. Caroline Kraft, OTR, director of Occupational Therapy, is looking forward to upcoming Occupational Therapy Day. She is enthusiastic about introducing the community to the occupational therapy services available at Peninsula Hospital Center and PCECR. April is National Occupational Therapy Month and Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of the North Shore- Long Island Jewish Health System, is celebrating with a special Occupational Therapy Day on Tuesday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Executive Dining Room of the Health Center.

According to Caroline Kraft, director of Occupational Therapy, the OT Day will concentrate on the dissemination of information on the purpose of occupational therapy and the important role that it plays in the rehabilitation process. Adaptive equipment will be on display, and there will be trained occupational staff therapists and assistants who will be answering questions and doing strength testing. Participants will be encouraged to participate in the quizzes and games, including OT Trivia, and win prizes as they learn more about occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy is "outcomeoriented," which means therapists help clients work toward achievable performance goals. Occupational therapy doesn't just treat medical conditions, it helps people stay engaged in the activities that give them pleasure or a sense of purpose, despite challenges. Occupational therapy comes into play, post surgery or post stroke or traumatic brain injury. For millions of people, the service of occupational therapy is a lifeline. It helps them participate in the activities of their daily lives.

Sometimes people need occupational therapy to do things others take for granted, like getting dressed, being productive at school or work, eating unassisted, even socializing. Occupational therapists do this by helping people surmount their disabilities or medical conditions to do everyday things. The nature of the therapy depends on the individual and his or her environment; occupational therapists consider the whole person when developing a therapy plan. Occupational therapists collaborate with physicians and other professionals to ensure a comprehensive approach. Children, for instance, sometimes have behavioral or developmental problems that limit their educational progress. Lawmakers believe occupational therapy is so important to the well-being of children, that federal law mandates that schools must offer occupational therapy to children who need it. For additional information about the Occupation Therapy Day at Peninsula Hospital Center set for April 29, or to learn more about the Occupational Therapy Department of Peninsula Hospital Center and Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, contact 718-734-2790.

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