April is Occupational Therapy Month

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month during April, we're highlighting why the discipline is so important at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.  

Occupational Therapy is the only profession that helps people across their entire lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities, also called occupations.

Occupations are daily activities that include: 

  • Self cares
  • Cooking
  • Playing
  • Driving
  • Parenting
  • Returning to work
  • Leisure activities

In 2017 the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. marked 100 years since the professional organization was founded.

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Missouri brain injury survivor grateful for Madonna’s Work Re-Entry Program

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Roger Richards survived a 20-foot after being attached by angry wasps. Roger suffered severe brain trauma as a result of the injury. He came to Madonna’s Lincoln Campus to recover and ‘find himself’ again by participating in the unique Work Re-Entry Program.

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Missouri brain injury survivor says God paved the way after car crash

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Preston Gusoskey is moving forward despite being involved in a car crash that nearly took his life. Suffering severe brain trauma from the March 2016 accident, Preston was given a 2 percent chance of surviving. Through strong faith, hard work and determination, along with incredible family support, Preston says graduating high school is just the beginning.

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‘A more normal life’ — Kids with special needs get their own wheels

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‘Miracle Kid’ from Tanzania returns to visit Madonna care team

11/1/2018 10:56 AM | In the News, Patient Stories

Doreen Mshana was one of three children who survived a horrific bus crash in May 2017 in her home country of Tanzania. Following the extraordinary lifesaving efforts of STEMM (Siouxland Tanzania Educational Medical Ministries) and Mercy Medical Center, Madonna stepped in to help Doreen in the next stage of recovery. She returned this week to visit her care team and show off her continued progress.

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Iowa man uses music and faith to heal

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Ted Gray of Council Bluffs, IA, used music therapy to recover from a stroke. His team at Madonna arranged for him to play the organ at one of Madonna's weekly chapel services.

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