Occupational Therapists Help Patients Return to Independent Living
Shepherd Center marks Occupational Therapy Month with video of adaptive cooking skills taught by occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists at Shepherd Center help people with brain and spinal cord injuries return to living as independently as possible. Every month, in Shepherd Center's Spinal Cord Injury Day Program, occupational therapists lead an adaptive cooking class that introduces patients to adaptive equipment and kitchen safety.
In this video, Shepherd Center occupational therapist (OT) Marie Julien explains the role of an occupational therapist and uses the adaptive cooking class as an important example of the skills that OTs teach.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.