The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has designated April Occupational Therapy Month. Educating the community about the profession of occupational therapy and the important role Occupational Therapists play is a great way to help celebrate OT month. Here’s a couple ideas to help you accomplish this.
March has been designated Brain Injury Awareness Month by the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA). By doing your part, you can help prevent future brain injuries. In addition you can help others develop a better understanding of the challenges an individual who has suffered a brain injury may face on a daily basis keeping in mind that they should not be defined by their injury.
February is American Heart Month. This campaign was created to raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease and ways that it can be prevented. As healthcare providers, we can help to educate our patients (and ourselves) on how to get and stay heart healthy.
In addition to the obvious holiday which is celebrated in November, Thanksgiving, there are also a number of healthcare related observances. These include National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and National COPD Awareness Month. These all allow for an excellent excuse to help educate your rehab therapy patients during November.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Research has shown that early detection is the key to survival. The pandemic significantly decreased the number of cancer screenings being done which could now have negative effects.
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has designated October National Physical Therapy Month. There are many ways you and your clinic can celebrate. Show your support!
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is celebrated on September 22nd.
This is a great time to make older adults aware of their risk for a fall but also educate them that falls are preventable and provide them with methods to help prevent a fall.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, more than 79 million students in the United States carry a backpack and an estimated 55 percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy, which equates to 43 million students that may strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they’re too heavy or not used correctly. Share these guidelines to help your family use backpacks safely.