April is Occupational Therapy month—and here at Burke, occupational therapy has always been an integral part of the rehabilitation process.
In fact, the Winifred Masterson Burke Relief Foundation, as Burke was known at its founding, incorporated occupational therapy into its programs before the discipline even formally existed.
From the 1915 Winifred Masterson Burke Relief Foundation annual report: The Foundation provided Occupation classes to help motivate those who had long periods of convalescence, to return to the workforce upon discharge. Classes included, cement, basketry, sewing, artificial flower making, looms, carpentry and repairs, cobbling, painting, tailoring, grounds cares, farming and gardening, office assistance, entertainment and policing.
Today, occupational therapy continues to be a vital component at Burke. The occupational therapy team assists patients and family members or caregivers in learning how to do familiar tasks in a new way to help make the transition to home and the community as smooth as possible. This includes daily activities such as dressing, feeding and doing work or leisure tasks.
Burke has both inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy programs. Occupational therapists also work in outpatient programs such as Driver Evaluation, which can help determine if seniors or those with physical or cognitive disabilities can drive, and Home Safety Assessment, which helps ensure seniors and others have a safe home environment.
To learn more about Burke’s Occupational Therapy programs, click here.