National Rehabilitation Awareness Week occurs each September to honor therapists and therapy assistants.
During the month of September and especially National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, we celebrate the rehabilitation professionals who all work together to make a difference in the lives of others. Therapists truly are some of the most highly caring and sensitive individuals who genuinely enjoy helping people. So, we want to say, “A BIG Thank You!” for the compassion, patience, and understanding you exhibit with your patients.
Did You Know?
The first ever National Rehabilitation Awareness Week was started in 1976, with a small campaign by Allied Service in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Fast forward 40+ years, the campaign has grown into a national awareness initiative dedicated to the caring professionals who help patients achieve their goals every day!
In honor of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, we dug up some fun facts about the fields of therapy:
Physical Therapy Fun Facts
According to Forbes, physical therapy ranks among the top 10 “happiest jobs” in America.
Many of today’s physical therapy techniques date back thousands of years. The first use of massage and hydrotherapy goes as far back as 460 BC.
Physical therapy as a profession actually started during World War I as there was a need to take care of injured soldiers, and the first PTs during WWI were called “reconstruction aides”.
Physical therapy began as a female-only profession. The initial physical therapy professional organization was called the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association and had 274 members.
In 1922, the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association changed their name to the American Physiotherapy Association. Then in the 1940’s, the organization changed its name once again to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), whose members today include over 95,000 therapists in the U.S. alone.
The demand for physical therapy increased in the late 1960s and 1970s. Schools could not graduate PTs fast enough during this time, so the career of physical therapy assistant was created.
Occupational Therapy Fun Facts
Occupational therapy techniques date back farther than PT. In 100 BC, a Greek physician named Asclepiades used OT techniques to treat mental illness.
In 1917, the occupational therapy profession was founded by three men and three women.
Like PTs, OTs treated injured soldiers in World War I and World War II.
Today, over 30% of occupational therapists work in the pediatric field, but OTs did not actually work with children until the mid-20th century.
In 1975, public schools began employing thousands of OTs to help disabled children.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrated their 100-year anniversary in 2017. Their founding name was the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy. Today, membership includes over 63,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students.
Speech Therapy Fun Facts
The speech language pathology profession began in the 18th century in England.
Many World War II soldiers suffered brain injuries and had resulting aphasia. Thus, the need for speech rehabilitation services attracted large numbers of men and women to the profession of speech therapy.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) began in 1925 at a meeting of the National Association of Teachers of Speech in New York City.
Since the establishment of the American Academy of Speech Correction in 1925, the association has changed its name four times, and formally became known as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1978.
Today, ASHA membership includes over 198,000 speech therapists.
Boulder City Hospital is dedicated to the safety of our patients and our employees, and would like to thank Mercy Ambulance for providing a helicopter, and participating in staff safety training this week. It was a great opportunity to interact with Mercy’s flight services; so that we can provide care for our community collaboratively.
Boulder City Art Guild’s New Exhibit on display at Boulder City Hospital features fine art by Guild artists highlighting “Whatever Your HeART Desires”. The current exhibit will be displayed from June 21, 2018th thru October 16th 2018
The Boulder City Art Guild’s artists’ reception was held on exhibit at Boulder City Hospital – on July 19, 2018. Reception guests enjoyed delicious refreshments, which were provided by the hospital Dietary Department. People’s Choice Awards were given to:
First Place – Colorful Garden by: Donavan Lockett, Photo on canvas
Second Place – Cabin in the Snow by: Amer Khwaja, Photography
Third Place – Train Time by: Parker, Giclee
Congratulations to the Winners!
Many thanks to all the wonderful artists participating in this exhibit!
The next exhibit of artwork with new art displays and designs is scheduled for mid-October 2018
Be sure to drop by and see the amazing art…
While there, check out Goldie’s Gift Shop in the lobby.
In Healthcare, when we care for patients and need to send them out for a higher level of care, we rarely get a follow up of how the patient did. Today, we received this wonderful bouquet of roses and visit from such a patient that was seen at BCH and transferred out to another facility. It was wonderful to see that our patient was doing great. These are the moments that remind us what we are here for!
Amanda Munson, Boulder City Hospital Nurse Manager Emergency Department
April is the national month to recognize Occupational Therapists!
If you have ever been in a situation in which you were physically unable to complete your daily tasks, an Occupational Therapist can help. Occupational Therapists are health and rehabilitation professionals that help individuals achieve independence in their lives despite disabilities. Independence can be achieved several ways – through adaptation of tasks or environment, improving strength, improving fine motor coordination and through patient and family education.
At Boulder City Hospital, Occupational Therapy services are available on an inpatient, outpatient and home health basis. If you or someone you know can benefit from Occupational Therapy services, consult with your doctor about available options or call us at (702) 698-8333. As therapists, we are dedicated to promoting optimal independence which can lead to improved quality of life!
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