I’ve been an occupational therapist for 23 years. I started my career in South Africa where I worked in work rehabilitation and inpatient psychiatry.
When I came to the United States I worked in many different states and settings, including schools, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities before I came to Maine and started working as a homecare OT.
I came to homecare as a traveler in September 1997 and I loved it so much, that when I was asked to stay, I did! What I like most about homecare is that it gives me the opportunity to treat patients in their homes, where we can address the day-to-day problems they face.
Through homecare OT, we try to overcome barriers that are unique to each individual. I also feel I can often provide patients with the therapy they need, at the frequency they need it – no more or less.
One of the most worthwhile aspects about providing home care services is that we often help patients to stay in their own home and be as independent as possible. It’s always a good feeling to meet a former patient out in the community!