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Q & A with an Occupational Therapist!

October 22, 2018

Gayle is an Occupational Therapist in the Hand Therapy Department at Stratford General Hospital.

What made you enter your field of work?

I chose Occupational Therapy (OT) because it is a profession that allows you to play an important role in helping people to develop the skills and abilities that are important to them. OT also appealed to me for its wide breadth of career opportunities ranging from working with children or adults in the community to working in inpatient rehabilitation settings.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

I work with outpatients in the hand therapy department. In a typical day we provide hand therapy and custom thermoplastic splints for individuals with conditions or injuries affecting hands, wrists and elbows. We receive referrals from our in-hospital plastic and orthopedic surgeons, community family physicians as well as from surgeons in outlying areas for patients in our community.

What do you love most about your job?

I really enjoy the wide variety of people that I treat everyday in helping them to accomplish their therapy goals.

When you tell people what you do, how do they usually react?

I think over the years people have gained a much better understanding of what Occupational Therapy is and what OTs do but often there is some surprise about the scope of the profession and the many areas in which we work.

What is something you do in your role that others would be surprised to learn about?

People are sometimes surprised to learn about the custom nature of the splints we provide for a wide range of hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions.

October is Occupational Therapy Month!

At HPHA Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with other health care professionals to optimize our patients' recovery and ability to function in day-to-day life. An OT will play an integral role in preparing patients for the transition from hospital to home, especially if the illness or injury has left the patient unable to participate in usual daily activities.