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All about teamwork in occupational therapy


Photo courtesy of Moira Matthews

Day 11 of 30

Here is Moira Matthews’ story:

My name is Moira Matthews. I am a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant working in Wilmington, NC with Genesis Rehab Services, providing mobile outpatient services called Vitality to You.

I am a lover of art, music, sports, education, cooking, gardening and the outdoors. I have also come to know and love occupational therapy, where I find ways to make these activities much more accessible to truly inspiring people. Every person and situation is different, and the best situations require creative thinking to overcome barriers to independence.

As a therapist, working with people with muscular dystrophy brings unique challenges but allows me to collaborate with clients and create solutions to adapt their environments and routines. This is the aspect of OT that I like the most.

I exercise a lot with my other patients, but the world of MD is very different as it focuses almost exclusively on finding out what my patients value in life and how to make it work despite their limitations. This includes the use of suitable equipment, energy conservation techniques and environmental modifications.

Recently, I worked with a client to assess many aspects of their home, work and social life, finding ways to improve their independence and conserve energy. After discussing techniques for recording activities and adapting tasks, we came up with solutions to improve access to your kitty litter, to maximize the safety and efficiency of washing and grooming hair, and to improve safety when using the toilet at a new job.

Occupational therapy is about making the little things in life less difficult so that people can focus on their social life, work and health. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with people from this community.

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