I'm Carol Siebert. I've been an occupational therapist for 27 years. I LOVE being an OT.
My views of occupation and of occupational therapy have been shaped by many things. I'll share a few of those here:
1) The guidance of wonderful mentors and powerful OTs. They taught me that OT is as much about thinking, reasoning and advocating as it is doing--and that our profession is most powerful when it deals with the most commonplace. Yes, in many ways OT is rocket science.
2) My experience as a person with a chronic condition. Dealing with a health condition (and our frustrating health care system) should never get more attention, energy or importance than having a life! Living Life to Its Fullest means that managing a health condition is just one aspect of living life. As a person, a patient and as an OT, I know that. But it's clear that too much of our healthcare system is based on the assumption that being a patient-a compliant patient-- is more important than having a life. For me, OT is about living life while managing one or more health conditions.
3) Practice does not exist in a vacuum. Our practice exists in a dynamic social, economic and political world. Those factors and forces that influence practice fascinate me.
Most of my career has been in some form of home care or community practice. I've directed an adult day program, practiced in home health, consulted in home modifications, taught in an OT curriculum on practice environments, health conditions, gerontology and administration and policy. Currently I work in primary care and community health. I am a policy geek--and thanks to the internet I can look up Medicare regulations, licensure provisions or reimbursement criteria so I am prepared to respond when someone tells me "OT can't . . . " or "OT shouldn't . . ."
OK, enough about where I'm coming from. Those who know me know that sometimes I just have to connect a bunch of ideas that are buzzing around in my brain and get them down in words. This blog is my occasional effort to do just that. Let me know what you think!