Occupational therapists help Roma get back to what she loves

A young female occupational therapist holds a knitted teddy bear.
Occupational Therapist Amy Clissa’s hand therapy has allowed patient Roma to get back to knitting
October 21, 2019

After fainting while hanging out washing and landing on her wrist, Roma Mears was left with an injury preventing her from knitting her beloved teddy bears she donates to Rockingham General Hospital (RGH).

Thanks to hand therapy treatment by the RGH Occupational Therapy Department, Roma is now back doing what she loves.

“I love knitting the bears for children in the hospital, it keeps me busy,” Roma said.

“After my injury it was my goal to get back to knitting.

“My strength and movement is improving every day, and I couldn’t have done it without the help of occupational therapy.”

Hand therapy is one of many occupational therapy services offered at Rockingham General Hospital.

The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists assess patients and design a therapy program using a variety of specialised techniques to target their occupational goals.

This year’s OT Week (21 to 27 October) shines a light how OTs work to support people of all abilities to engage in activities they find meaningful.

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