Daytime: OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital


NOW. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A LOVED ONE SUFFER FROM A STROKE? YOU LIKELY KNOW THE ROAD TO RECOVERY CAN BE LONG AND TEDIOUS. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GETTING BEST CARE WITH THE HIGHEST EXPERTISE AVAILABLE. I’M HAPPY TO BE JOINED BY ROBIN MARTIN, RECREATIONAL THERAPIST WITH OHIO HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL, JOINING ME WITH MORE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE, ROBIN. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. LET’S TALK AN OVERALL PATIENT YOU SEE AT THE OHIO HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL. WE SEE A LOT OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF PATIENTS, STROKE PATIENTS, PEOPLE THAT ARE SUFFERED SPINAL CORD INJURIES, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES. WE SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS LIKE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS OR GBS. WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY SICK AND BECAME DEBILITATED AND NEED TO REFEIGN THEIR STRENGTH SO THEY CAN COME HOME. YOU’RE A RECREATIONAL THERAPIST. HOW DOES THAT FIT INTO THE PROGRAMMING? WELL, WHAT WE DO AS RECREATION THERAPISTS IS LOOK PRETTY SPECIFICALLY AT A PATIENT’S LIFESTYLE AND LEISURE INTERESTS AND THEN LOOK TO USE THOSE ACTIVITIES MEANINGFUL TO THE PATIENT BEFOREHAND AS OUR TREATMENT INTERVENTIONS BUT WE ALSO LOOK TO MAKE SURE THEY CAN GET BACK TO USING THOSE ACTIVITIES WHEN THEY GO HOME, WHICH MEANS THEY MIGHT NEED TO MAKE CHANGES IN HOW THEY TO THOSE THINGS. WE MAY TRY TO GIVE THEM INFORMATION ON RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY WHERE THEY CAN PARTICIPATE IN THOSE ACTIVITIES. WE MAY GIVE THEM MODIFICATION OR ADOPTIVE EQUIPMENT, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. YOU SAY “ACTIVITIES.” TELL US WHAT THEY CAN DO BECAUSE I THINK SOMETIMES PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE ONE OF THE EXAMPLES — MAYBE YOGA. THAT COULD HELP THEM, RIGHT? IT’S FUNNY YOU SAY “ACTIVITIES” BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AT THE RECREATIONAL THERAPIST AS AN ACTIVITIES PERSON. WE LOOK TO IMPROVE SOMEONE’S FUNCTION SO BY USING FA, SOME OF THE WELLNESS ACTIVITIES, WE TRY TO EMBRACE HEALTH AND WELL- BEING OF THE PATIENT SO WE DO HAVE A T’AI CHI CLASS. WE USE YOGA AND, MIND YOU THOSE ARE MODIFIED. MY GOAL IS TO MAYBE GET THOSE PATIENTS EXCITED ABOUT THOSE KIND OF ACTIVITIES BECAUSE WE KNOW THROUGH RESEARCH THE BEN FIFTH FITS ARE THERE. THEY’RE FUN. RIGHT. BUT NOT EVERYONE CAN GET ON THE FLOOR AND PUT THEIR ANKLE BEHIND THEIR EARS. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE THE KIND OF CLASS YOU WILL DO IN THE COMMUNITY BUT THE IDEA IS TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND SOMETHING THEY CAN MAYBE LOOK TO DO IN THE FUTURE , CONSIDERING THE BENEFITS THAT ARE THERE BUT WE MODIFY THOSE CLASSES FOR THEM BECAUSE NOT EVERYBODY CAN DO IT THE WAY — DOWNWARD DOG IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY. WE HAVE A MODIFICATION ON DOWNWARD DOG AND WE USE THE REAL MOVEMENTS. IT’S JUST WE DO THEM FROM THE CHAIR SO NOBODY IS ON THE FLOOR. WE TALK — BOTH OF THOSE CLASSES, WE TALK ABOUT BREATHING FOR STRESS REDUCTION, FOR IMPROVING ANXIETY, FOR STRETCHING, FOR MOVEMENT. A LOT OF TIMES WE’LL DO IT WITH OTHER THERAPISTS SO I MAY BE LEADING CLASS ANDER AND THERAPISTS MAY BE MOVING LIKE AN AFFECTED LIMB — FOCUS ON THAT AREA. AND HELP THEM. SPEAK OF DOG — NOT A DOWNWARD DOG — BUT YOU HAVE ONE AT YOUR SIDE. I DO, YES. THIS IS A THERAPY DOG SHE’S CALLED A FACILITY DOG. OKAY. SHE KNOWS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HER. COME ON! OH, LAP. OCEANA IS OUR FACILITY DOG FROM K-9 COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE. SHE WAS A TRAINED SERVICE DOG BUT WE USE A FACILITY DOG AS PROFESSIONALS IN THE ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE WORK AND SHE IS VERY, VERY HELPFUL IN, NUMBER ONE, HELPING TO MOTIVATE PATIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE THERAPY THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET THEM TO DO. SHE’S EVERYBODY’S FRIEND. I COULD IMAGINE. THE WHOLE POINT OF ALL OF THESE RESOURCES THAT YOU OFFER IS IN HOPES OF GETTING THAT PATIENT HOME AND BACK TO SOME KIND OF SEMBLANCE OF INDEPENDENCE, RIGHT? ABSOLUTELY. WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT NOT ONLY ARE THEY USING THE RECREATION AS THE THERAPY WHILE THEY’RE IN THE HOSPITAL TO HELP IMPROVE FUNCTION BUT ALSO TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THEY TO HOME, THEY’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN A MEANINGFUL LIFESTYLE EITHER THINGS THEY DID PRIOR TO COMING TO THE HOSPITAL OR SOMETIMES WILL GIVE THEM IDEAS OF THINGS THAT MAYBE THEY DIDN’T THINK ABOUT DOING. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF OUR PATIENTS ARE WORKING AND HAVE HAD A STROKE AND WILL HAVE A LOT OF LEISURE TIME ON THEIR HAND AND MAYBE BEFORE THEY DIDN’T HAVE A VERY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE OUTSIDE OF WORK AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE GOING TO USE THEIR TIME WISELY AND MAKE SURE IT’S MEANINGFUL TO THEM. WE DO COMMUNITY EDUCATION. WE DO COMMUNITY OUTINGS TO HELP THEM WITH THAT. WE EVEN HAVE AN ACQUIT EXERCISE PROGRAM WHERE WE GO OFF CAMPUS TO THE THOMPSON RECREATION CENTER — A LOT OF OPTION FOR SURE AT THE OHIO HEALTH REHABILITATION HOSPITAL. YOU CAN COME IN, SCHEDULE A TOUR IF YOUR LOVED ONE HAS BEEN IMPACT BID ANY OF THOSE.

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