Freudenthal Home Health Blog

Freudenthal Home Health salutes family caregivers in the St. Joseph, MO area who are giving wonderful care and help to their senior loved ones each and every day. Our goal with this blog is to give information and resources to help and support St. Joseph, MO area family caregivers.

April Is Occupational Therapy Month!

Occupational therapists ask, "What matters to you?"
not, "What's the matter with you?"

Your life is made up of occupations, or meaningful activities of daily living. These occupations can include many roles, such as being a family caregiver, a parent or grandparent, a spouse, a cook, or even an artist. We generally don’t think about our daily occupations until we have trouble doing them. Everyone has occupations—from the grand-baby whose occupations are playing and learning to develop important skills, to the senior adult whose occupations are engaging with family and friends and managing his or her home. If you are recovering from a traumatic episode or even trying to remain in your home as you age, your daily occupations can be disrupted. Freudenthal occupational therapists incorporate these daily occupations into the rehabilitation process.

Our occupational therapists will come to your home and:

  • Perform an individualized evaluation & help your determine your goals 
  • Customize a therapy plan to improve your ability to perform daily activities and reach your goals
  • Perform an outcome evaluation to ensure that your goals are being met and/or make changes to the therapy plan
The Freudenthal Occupational Therapist Team (Right to Left): Julie Raines, Angela McQuinn, Sheila Surmeier

The Freudenthal Occupational Therapist Team (Right to Left): Julie Raines, Angela McQuinn, Sheila Surmeier

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s living space, making recommendations for adaptive equipment and also training the client how to use it, and guidance for family caregivers. Occupational therapists have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the patient, and making the patient an integral part of the therapy team.

Our ultimate goal is to help you or your family member maintain those meaningful activities and to age at home as long as possible. Maintaining those daily occupations can make a huge difference in the quality of life not only for the client but also their family caregivers.


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