PACT’s recent Occupational Therapist grant from the John James Foundation’s Community Health Program has enabled us to engage a professional Occupational Therapist, Kate Sterrenberg, to provide OT services to our members for one day a week throughout 2021. Many of you will have already met Kate in this capacity or in her volunteer capacity in the second half of 2020.

Kate will be engaging PACT’s members through a seminar education series: Occupational Therapy – Education, Awareness Raising and Guidance.

Musings with the OT @ your leisure

Kate writes:

11th January 2021 was an exciting day, as it saw the start of PACT Occupational Therapy (OT) Services thanks to the support of the John James Foundation grant and the PACT Committee. Notwithstanding the knowledge that we gained from a lot of information gathering and planning in 2020, the task (some may call it a dream) is:

To provide quality Parkinson’s OT services to all PACT members living with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s can disrupt daily quality of life. So we have looked at the OT dream, and built a plan around our goal. Our plan enables us:

● to offer a high-level but comprehensive home visit to any member who requests this service,

● to ensure that necessary supports are in place and no member is in a truly vulnerable position,

● to facilitate regular delivery of information through the PACT bulletin and face-to-face and virtual OT Seminars with guest expert speakers on topics that have been identified as being important to our members,

● to assist with community outreach programs to provide more opportunities for our members to engage in meaningful occupations, and

● to provide training to external providers to raise the awareness of Parkinson’s and the specific way in which to care for someone who has Parkinson’s.

We have surveyed our members and I am also out listening to needs. I will touch on important things like symptom management, supports and the universally relevant advance care planning, and provide Parkinson’s Hospital Bags, to give comfort that if someone was admitted to hospital, at least they could keep control of their timed medication. The member feedback on these initial visits has been positive, so please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like a home visit. At this stage, any home visits will not be full OT assessments with accompanying OT reports, given the demand and constraints of time.

”My goal for PACT Occupational Therapy is to make every member feel heard, understood and supported.”

I look forward to seeing you in the weeks and months ahead and to update you on coming events.

Your OT,
Kate

OT@parkinsonsact.org.au

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