Occupational Therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them 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.
April is National Occupational Therapy Month, and Orange City Area Health System, together with on-site Therapeutic Health Services, honors and recognizes the important role their four occupational therapists play in helping people “live life to its fullest.”
“As an occupational therapist, I enjoy knowing I played a part in helping my patients engage in their daily lives,” reports Stacy Wernimont-Diehl, O.T.R./L. “The field of occupational therapy is dynamic,” she adds. “At Orange City Area Health System, I have the opportunity to work in multiple treatment settings (acute hospital, outpatient, nursing home and home health services) and in multiple areas of practice (orthopedic, neuro, pediatric, geriatric, and low vision just to name a few). Each experience is a unique opportunity to leave, as well as receive, a lasting impression of how to live life to its fullest.”
Chances are, someone you know will need occupational therapy at some point in their life, according to Diehl. She and her colleagues at Therapeutic Health Services/Orange City Area Health System encourage people to learn more about the value of occupational therapy, across the lifecycle, so they are ready to seek the right treatment when the time comes.
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive medical provider including family practice clinics, surgical services, radiology, a hospital, physical and aquatic therapy, and home health and hospice. For information, and to sign up for email newsletters, visit www.ocHealthSystem.org.