As an occupational therapist at Ministry, Carol Shabbit works to help patients function better in their day-to-day tasks. Find out why Carol loves what she does.
What exactly does an occupational therapist do?
Occupational therapy is very functionally based. When we assess a patient we want to know: Can you do things you did before? Without pain? Do you need tools to help you? How can we help you organize your home so it’s safe and functional? We help people with the skills they need for daily, independent living.
What kinds of patients do you see?
As the only occupational therapist in Northern Door, I see a wide variety: home health, nursing home, and outpatient. I’m part of the Memory Clinic staff, and I help patients with cognitive needs like using a calendar to remember to take medications or providing tools to help them deal with their day-to-day finances. I also do driver screens to help determine if someone is still safe to drive. That’s a useful tool for families and to help keep us all safe. It can be a relief for people to help identify what they can and can’t do, so we can help them get the assistance they need.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
It’s fulfilling seeing people improve and get function back, to keep them in their homes or get them back into their homes. I also enjoy the varied caseload we see here in Sister Bay. I like being able to move around. No two days are alike! I have a great group of co-workers who are very motivated and supportive. And with our beautiful new clinic, it’s really a joy coming to work.