100 Years of OT
This April is an extra special National OT Month as we celebrate 100 years of Occupational Therapy. We think we have some of the best OTs around! To celebrate we asked a few of our fabulous Home Health OT’s share how and why they decided to become an OT.
Monika Lukasiewicz, OT
“The match to the profession of occupational therapy became clear to me after I’d already invested 2 years in college studying communication, then leaving collage all together due to not knowing what I wanted to do with career and not wanting to further my school debt. After being very, very unhappy in a cubicle-based job, I took a personality test that linked me to OT. After reading in the description of OT that it was both a “science and an art” I was sold! Home health is my favorite domain for practice (having experience in skilled nursing, outpatient, inpatient rehab and acute care) because it puts me in the exact environment that a person truly performs their “occupations” which allows me to offer a more powerful service to them. On an average visit in home health, I could be found assessing cognition, giving caregivers tips on how to manage a shower scenario with more safety or less pain or may be helping a patient to more safely manage their medications with a new reminder strategy. The next visit you may find me training an amputee in how to do an exercise program to keep his arms strong or how to use a new piece of equipment that allows him to go to the bathroom more safely and independently at home. I fell so much in love with home health that I even wrote one of the first home health ebooks for OTs! It’s an absolute honor to work with such an integrity based company and team.”
Jackie Morgan, OT
“I have found the world of occupational therapy to be a very rewarding career. I chose occupational therapy following in the footsteps of my sister. It so happened we were in the same school together and graduated the same year! I knew I wanted the medical field largely due to coming from a family of nurses. I have not regretted being an OT. On my journey I have served in the area of pediatrics, acute hospital settings including burn therapy (in and out patient care) and neonatal intensive care, out- patient hand therapy, skilled nursing (rehab director for 4 years) and most recently in the area of home health on a full time basis. Thus far I have devoted 34 years of my life to a fulfilling and rewarding career!”
Chris Veloon, OTR/L
“I fell into Occupational Therapy as a back up plan. Was trying to get into PA school and the competition was stiff after the Vietnam War with Medics coming home. Second year applying to PA school, I also applied to OT, not really sure what I was getting into, but knew I could not stay in college forever. My first day in class, I knew it would be my path. I had a very experiential professor who became a good friend. Now in my 35th year of practice, I still love my job. There was always a new area of practice to try, and I have worked with many different populations in different settings. Now in Home Health, OT makes the most sense, working with people in their environment and on their turf. ”