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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Caleb Clemon plans on heading back to Iowa State University in the fall after being involved in a work-related accident causing extensive injuries including brain trauma. Caleb recovered at Madonna's Omaha Campus, where therapy sessions helped him gain strength both physically and mentally. It’s all in an effort to get back to Caleb’s true passion of working with animals, namely cattle.

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Sports coach motivated by small gains one year after spinal cord injury

6/26/2018 10:03 AM | Patient Stories

One year after a water accident resulted in a spinal cord injury, Chad Fuller continues to make gains. The coach and former athlete is taking lessons out of his own playbook and applying them as he works hard to achieve goals in Madonna’s outpatient therapy program.

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Joe Schwappach went into surgery to repair a bicep tendon rupture he suffered on the job. What resulted was a massive stroke and recovery at Madonna’s Omaha Campus.

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