When individuals become members of Northwest Adult Day Health, not only do they have access to a registered nurse and a social worker, but they also have access to a certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA).
Certified occupational therapy assistants are, in many ways, an extension of an occupational therapist.
Essentially, they work with individuals to help them follow a rehabilitation plan. Often after an occupational therapist diagnoses a condition and provides an individualized plan, it’s the COTA who oversees therapeutic exercises and activities that help people reach treatment goals.
The everyday benefits of a COTA
Our goal at Northwest Adult Day Health & Wellness Center is to provide means for people to build strength and maintain their independence.
That’s why we employ a full-time certified occupational therapy assistant, Kathleen Orcutt. She has worked with the adult day health program in Whatcom County for over 30 years! Kathleen provides a valuable service that can be hard for individuals to receive at home, away from the support of NWADH.
On a typical day, NWADH’s certified occupational therapy assistant’s role might include such tasks as helping members stretch and strengthen muscles, work on balance and walking exercises and ride a NuStep or stationary bicycle. Our COTA also records member progress for an occupational therapist to review, and consults with an OT during regular assessments.
Sometimes, the COTA’s role is to help those recovering from injury to be able to do the things they could before getting hurt. Other times, it’s to provide support for older adults who wish to remain independent in the face of changing physical and cognitive abilities.
Most of our members live at home with an adult child or spouse and come regularly to NWADH to enjoy the extra nursing care and therapy support, like occupational therapy.
NWADH members may meet with an occupational therapist every few months for a progress assessment. That OT may make recommendations that are implemented by the occupational therapy assistant at Northwest Adult Day Health.
For those wishing to get the most out of everyday life, the certified occupational therapy assistant at Northwest Adult Day Health is available to help. A COTA can provide the daily assessment, coaching and encouragement necessary to help maintain independence or regain the ability to perform daily activities.
Contact us today to learn more about how our COTA can help Whatcom County individuals improve quality of life.