Peterann Gray says she’s seeing first-hand how occupational therapy can enhance residents’ quality of life
PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – Fleming College student Peterann Gray says she’s known for a long time she wanted to work in a health-care discipline, and since starting a placement at Riverview Manor she says she’s now eyeing long-term care as a career option.
Peterann, a second-year student in Fleming College’s occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant program (OT/PT), says she has enjoyed working with residents and sees opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.
“At first, I wasn’t looking into long-term care at all – I didn’t have any experience in long-term care so I didn’t know what it was really about, but being here and seeing how much residents can benefit from something like occupational therapy, it really does change my thoughts, and (a and long-term care home) might be a place I’d like to work,” Peterann tells The OMNIway.
Peterann is one of four OT/PT students doing a placement at the Peterborough long-term care home. Peterann, along with fellow students Holland Jans, Mina Tran and Rosie Do, is getting the opportunity through a seven-week placement to enhance her skill sets by working with residents who have a variety of different care needs.
By engaging with long-term care home residents, the students, who are at Riverview Manor as part of their occupational therapy placement, are working with people who have varying combinations of physical, social and cognitive needs.
Peterann says what she likes most about her placement is working with the residents one on one. For example, she notes how one resident enjoys beading, and when Peterann and the other students work with the resident they see the positive impact it has on the resident.
“It’s something so little but she gets so much enjoyment out of it,” she says. “Being able to bring her into the activity room and do a meaningful activity with her is something that gives me a gratifying feeling that I am making a difference.”
The students have been doing their placement at Riverview Manor on Tuesdays and Thursdays since Jan. 8.
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