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[APRIL 21, 2004]  "Occupational Therapy Makes It Possible" is the theme of Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists are dedicated to helping people of all ages meet the demands of daily living, benefiting people with physical, mental and psychosocial disabilities. These practitioners are an integral part of the rehabilitation team of physical therapists, speech therapists, audiologists and occupational therapists.

Each April, the nearly 40,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, educators and students who make up the American Occupational Therapy Association take part in a collective celebration to educate the public about the vital role of occupational therapy in health and well-being in our society.

More people need to know the huge contribution that occupational therapy and occupational therapy practitioners, researchers and educators make in people's lives. They need to know how occupational therapy can make a difference in their lives through the use of adaptive equipment and teaching adaptive strategies to use in their daily living. They need to know about the positive changes that occur through occupational therapy, and only occupational therapy, by helping individuals return to an independent life. Occupational therapy practitioners promote the health and well-being of children, the elderly, the injured or disabled.


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Occupational therapist Mike Warner has been with ALMH for 1 years, and occupational therapist Emily Foster has been with ALMH two years, transferring from Memorial Medical Center. Jennifer Riedel, a student in the occupational therapy assistant program at Lincoln Land Community College, is currently helping Warner and Foster. She will remain at ALMH until May 5.

The three work with adults, assisting them after strokes, hip or knee replacements, upper extremity injuries, fractures, nerve damage, arthritis, carpel tunnel, and more. The majority of the inpatients receiving occupational therapy are elderly. These patients are learning how to make their homes safer and more accessible, sometimes with the use of adaptive equipment. Most outpatients receiving occupational therapy are individuals working toward returning to the work force.

For more information about occupational therapy, call (217) 732-2161, ext. 179.

[ALMH news release]


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