Occupational Therapy in My Backyard
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by Cheryl Hall
2w ago
As an OT provider, you know that OT and its practice and purpose can be a bit obscure, but not this week for this OT! First, I went over to say hello to the neighbor who just moved in behind me and found out she is an OT too! How fun to meet a stranger and not have to explain what I do. Instead we had an instant connection and bonded about practicing OT for a bit. The next day my husband and I decided our date of the month would be at the Maryland Center for History and Culture. (Sidebar: if you don’t schedule regular, proper dates with your partner, I highly recommend putting one on your cale ..read more
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Happy Anniversary to the OT Toolkit!
OT Toolkit Blog
by Cheryl Hall
1M ago
Earlier in the year I was asked how long I had been creating and sharing patient education handouts with fellow OTs. Well, I quickly realized that 2022 is an anniversary year for the OT Toolkit! It was 25 years ago that I created my first website on Geocities and posted a series of patient education handouts I had created for one of my own patients. I was a home health OT and at our first visit, when asked for his discharge notes from inpatient OT, my patient pulled out a pile of handwritten, sticky notes. It was at that moment I knew that as a profession, OT should and could do better. I had ..read more
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My Life, My Story
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by Cheryl Hall
2M ago
Patient-centered care is one of the primary reasons I love our profession of occupational therapy. Before it became trendy, OT always focused on the person first. OT best practices promoted active listening and open-ended questions, so you learned about your patient beyond their current health challenge. In my work as an OT, one of my first encounters documenting the patient’s life story was in a dementia unit. For patients unable to share their story, highlights were documented in the health record for providers. Now the VA has implemented a program, My Life, My Story, which embeds a tangible ..read more
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Celebrate World OT Day!
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by Cheryl Hall
3M ago
What are your plans to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day? If you are still looking for ideas for October 27, it is not too late to visit the World Federation of Occupational Therapists for inspiration and resources! Here is just a sample of what you will find: Download a free Media Pack with logos and graphics translated into several languages so you can easily promote the day across all your social media accounts. Participate in the Global Day of Service. There are dozens of ideas on the WFOT website to inspire you. Make sure to register your efforts so the collective impact can be me ..read more
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Join AOTA Today!
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by Cheryl Hall
4M ago
A popular TicTok starts with “What’s something you’ll get a lot of hate for, if you say it out loud?” I am a little sad to say that I thought about that TicTok when I decided to write a blog encouraging OTs and OTAs to join AOTA. There are some strong opinions about the state of our profession, and some cast blame on AOTA’s advocacy and leadership or (in some opinions) lack thereof. I know that I benefited both personally and professionally as a member of AOTA throughout my entire career and believe that you will too! The AOTA website outlines the long list of membership perks: Stay Current in ..read more
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Looking for a Good OT Read?
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by Cheryl Hall
5M ago
I admit, reading for pleasure has never been my favorite pastime, but over the years there are a few books that spoke to my OT brain and helped me be a more empathic practitioner. So, if you are looking for an end-of-summer read with a connection to your career, check out my short list of classic reads that help you explore death, ethics, the brain, stroke and Alzheimer’s. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Facing a fatal diagnosis, the author writes an autobiographical account of his journey as a young doctor turned patient. The book touches on doctor-patient relationships and reminds ..read more
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Palliative Care and Occupational Therapy
OT Toolkit Blog
by Cheryl Hall
6M ago
The heart of palliative care is maintaining quality of life while preparing for the occupation of death. With a holistic and patient-centered perspective, an OT can identify the occupations most important to the patient. Then, through a clinical lens, OT can provide a path to engaging in those occupations that support independence and provide meaningful engagement. OT enhances a patient’s resilience and ability to cope with the reality of palliative care. The OT is uniquely positioned to provide meaningful interventions in a number of areas: ADL, IADL, Leisure and Productivity Focus on mainta ..read more
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OT Leaders and Legacy Society
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by Cheryl Hall
7M ago
Are you a senior or mid-career OT with a passion for the profession? Are you looking for a way to get more deeply involved in promoting OT? Are you interested in actively advocating for The OT profession? Check out the wonderful work happening at the OT Leaders and Legacy Society. Membership in the Society is open to OTs who have demonstrated leadership in the profession in one or more areas. Member experience ranges from 20 to 70 years! Applications are required, and once selected, all members are expected to actively engage in and support the society’s mission and activities. Some areas of e ..read more
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My Favorite Products – 2022 AOTA Conferenc
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by Cheryl Hall
9M ago
I always love visiting vendors at the AOTA conference – and I’m not just saying that because I am a vendor myself! I just love talking to company reps, especially OT entrepreneurs, about all the new and clever ideas that could potentially assist patients in an OT practice. Here are some of my favorites from the 2022 AOTA conference: Pill Popper – Track Medications with a Pop This low tech way to track medication doses is small, lightweight and easy to use. Just slip the attached stretchy, silicone ring over the medication package and pop the day and/or dose as it is dispensed. The device allow ..read more
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Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month!
OT Toolkit Blog
by Cheryl Hall
10M ago
How did you celebrate OT Month 2022? I had great fun jumping into the #ABCsofOT social media challenge for the first time. The brainchild of @shannenmarie_ot, the #ABCsofOT challenge started 7 years ago. The assignment? Promote OT by creating 26 occupational therapy posts corresponding with the letters of the alphabet. The “A-Z “ showcases the scope of our practice by highlighting OT concepts, interventions, difficulties, activities, or careers. What an easy and fun way to participate in OT Month, advocate for OT, and educate the world about Occupational Therapy! I not only enjoyed all the dif ..read more
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