April is Occupational Therapy Month


Occupational Therapy is a health profession that addresses challenges that threaten or impair one's ability to participate in everyday activities of one's need and choices, relating to independence or interdependence and well-being.
Occupational therapy caregivers serve patients by focusing on optimal function in self-care, home and community living activities, educational activities, work, play, restorative rest and social participation. Family members and caregivers are also supported and educated. The medical challenges KMC patients experience may be debilitating illnesses, dementia, visual disturbances, hand and arm injuries, total joint surgeries, and neurological injuries such as strokes, Parkinson’s disease or other degenerative diseases.
"Regardless of their level of care, we work with patients so they can take care of themselves and return to optimal function and quality of life," said Joanna DeSanto, Rehabilitation Services Manager.  "Occupational therapy is one of three rehabilitation services Ketchikan Medical Center offers. The others are physical therapy and speech therapy. All three are vital to good patient care, and in a community this size, we are fortunate our patients have access to all three services."
Ketchikan Medical Center has three fulltime occupational therapists and one fulltime Certified OT assistant. These caregivers can be found out in patients' homes or other community settings, in the hospital or in New Horizons Transitional Care unit as well as in our PT/OT/ST Outpatient Therapy clinic.
For more information, call the Rehabilitation Therapy Manager Monday-Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 228-7655.
For more information about Occupational Therapy and its benefits please visit the American Occupational Therapy Association website.