“What makes Meadows Health special? It’s the commitment and the drive and the willingness of our people who have a passion for their patients and for medicine.” – Alan Kent, CEO
Anyone who has ever undergone physical therapy or rehabilitation knows what an uphill battle it can feel like. But veteran occupational therapist Lynn Day helps patients take on that challenge with confidence.
One of two occupational therapists at Meadows Health, Lynn along with a team of therapists – including physical and speech therapists – treat patients with a range of conditions.
“Anything that has caused a disruption in a person’s daily routine – whether it’s from disease, trauma or disability – we help them to return to their prior level of function or it might be that we help them to heal first,” Lynn says.
So whether you’re a stroke patient working to regain function in the upper extremities or hands, or you’re an orthopedic patient recovering from surgery or an injury, Lynn and her colleagues at the Wellness Center may use a variety of techniques and therapies designed to help you regain mobility and become well again.
It’s a job she finds personally rewarding.
“You can see the reward of your work in trying to guide someone if their life has been disrupted,” she says. “It is truly rewarding to help restore them to their prior level of function.”
In addition to being an occupational therapist, Lynn is a certified hand therapist. In fact, she’s one of only a couple in the region, which means patients sometimes drive a great distance to see her.
For these patients, Lynn may work on their fine motor skills to help patients regain the use of their hands. Or in the case of children, help with handwriting skills is sometimes needed. Lynn also makes custom orthotics such as hands or fingers for patients.
Being a highly sought-after hand therapist has brought her in to contact with some fairly unique patient cases as well. In two instances Lynn had patients who had undergone a toe-to-thumb transplant, and in another case, she worked with a patient who had undergone a complete hand amputation.
These are the cases she remembers the most because of the depth of trauma the patients suffered. It’s something she says requires an enormous store of caring and compassion.
“But I always try to treat patients the way I’d want to be treated,” she says. “Patient care is what I like most about my job and I truly love what I do and the patients I serve.”