Lisa D. Mortenson, OTR

★★★★★

About Lisa D. Mortenson, OTR

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When my elderly dad was sent home from the hospital in my care, the home care provider offered a variety of support services, including occupational therapy. I almost turned it down -- my dad had been retired for over 20 years, why did he need OCCUPATIONAL therapy?

That would have been the biggest mistake of my life. I don't know how I would have gotten through the last 6 months without Lisa and her OTA (the assistant who provides most of the home visits).

To the untrained eye, "occupational" therapy looks a lot like physical therapy. They do exercises and walking, but they also concern themselves specifically with such things as bathing, grooming, and dressing, to help patients feel a little more human. The unfortunately deceptive name comes from their origins after the World War, when they sought to help returning soldiers (particularly the wounded) occupy their time and help them return to productive lives.

When the doctors shrugged at my dad's reduced mobility, Lisa got the ball rolling to get him a power chair, and helped us every step of the way. When they shrugged again about the numbness brought on by his neuropathy, the OTA offered a solution that is actually helping.

They don't look at my dad and see that he is "old", but rather that he was independent a few months ago and they want to help him get as close as possible to that independence again. If "no" is not a reasonable answer from a doctor, insurance company, etc., they don't accept it! They don't ask for anything unreasonable, and persist with explanations until the provider understands the need.

When Dad got here, he could barely pull himself up in bed. Now, with therapy and the power chair, he is able to dress himself, get out of bed, get in the shower, and get around the house independently.

If you or a loved one are having trouble getting around or with the activities of daily living, occupational therapy can probably help. Give Lisa a call and get started -- you'll be glad you did!

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★★★★★

When my elderly dad was sent home from the hospital in my care, the home care provider offered a variety of support services, including occupational therapy. I almost turned it down -- my dad had been retired for over 20 years, why did he need OCCUPATIONAL therapy?

That would have been the biggest mistake of my life. I don't know how I would have gotten through the last 6 months without Lisa and her OTA (the assistant who provides most of the home visits).

To the untrained eye, "occupational" therapy looks a lot like physical therapy. They do exercises and walking, but they also concern themselves specifically with such things as bathing, grooming, and dressing, to help patients feel a little more human. The unfortunately deceptive name comes from their origins after the World War, when they sought to help returning soldiers (particularly the wounded) occupy their time and help them return to productive lives.

When the doctors shrugged at my dad's reduced mobility, Lisa got the ball rolling to get him a power chair, and helped us every step of the way. When they shrugged again about the numbness brought on by his neuropathy, the OTA offered a solution that is actually helping.

They don't look at my dad and see that he is "old", but rather that he was independent a few months ago and they want to help him get as close as possible to that independence again. If "no" is not a reasonable answer from a doctor, insurance company, etc., they don't accept it! They don't ask for anything unreasonable, and persist with explanations until the provider understands the need.

When Dad got here, he could barely pull himself up in bed. Now, with therapy and the power chair, he is able to dress himself, get out of bed, get in the shower, and get around the house independently.

If you or a loved one are having trouble getting around or with the activities of daily living, occupational therapy can probably help. Give Lisa a call and get started -- you'll be glad you did!

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