Healthcare can be impersonal. One of the reasons I became an occupational therapist was to help people. It is in my soul. It was my own grandpa, a special man we called "Gramps," that actually introduced me to this amazing career through his own challenging journey.
Gramp's Accidental Inspiration
After my grandma passed away, Gramps was having more and more difficulty taking care of himself at his own home and living 2 1/2 hours away, it was difficult for my parents to help him out as they had 4 young kids of their own. He could get dressed, meet up with his friends for coffee and get around the house, but it was the little things that he started having problems with - cooking meals, bathing, paying his bills and taking care of the ice out the front door caused by the harsh Minnesota winters.
After lots of convincing, he decided to move to my family's hobby farm in North Dakota WITH the agreement that he had his own space. My parents were on a mission to find something perfect for him and they found it! A little trailer home that they moved onto their 10 acre hobby farm. We cleaned it, fixed it and decorated the bathroom fire engine red - his favorite color.
It was his space. His home. HIS.
He enjoyed his independence and never wanted to impose - he actually only came to my mom and dad's house for dinner each night. He was a man that devoured Louis L'amour westerns, loved playing the harmonica, watching Lawrence Welk, joking around and eating asparagus. He loved his family and we loved him.
After living on my family's property for a while, Gramps ended up having a massive stroke and he had move into a skilled nursing home.
His body changed. His personality had changed. He changed.
He was flaccid on his left side and being a big man, it was physically impossible for my parents to take care of him. His independence was taken away and his life had changed in a flash!
I watched him go through rehabilitation with little success physically, but I saw the successes, determination and independence that other people at the nursing home where experiencing and it ignited a fire!
I truly believe that an occupational therapist has a unique perspective in the realm of healthcare. We partner medicine, science, and practical solutions to life's problems by focusing on you, the person - not just the diagnosis. There are websites that focus on the diagnoses of seniors and their caregivers; there are websites that focus on the mental health and stresses of seniors and their caregivers. Senior Flourish's goal is to join the two by giving you practical healthcare advice, recommendations, education and resources that you can use today.
Over the years of my professional career, I have had the privilege to be able to serve and help so many people and their families lead more meaningful lives and I will continue to do this through Seniors Flourish.
I want to help people live life to their fullest and be as independent as possible.
I want to help people live where they want to be - in their homes.
I want to connect with YOU.
I want to help people FLOURISH!
I Appreciate You
Finishing up, I want you to know that I am grateful that I can help you on this journey.
I do my best to answer questions and emails regularly. I love being an occupational therapist and I hope it shows.
I'd love for you to check out my Facebook Page and look forward to meeting you!
I hope Seniors Flourish can make you feel empowered, informed and connected to someone in the healthcare field that keeps the "care" in "healthcare" and does it with professionalism, compassion, creativity and fun!
I am here. Let's do this together!