OT Philosophy Guides Circle of Care’s Client Services

Circle of Care’s Lara De Sousa, VP Client Services, Carey Lucki, CEO, and Ethel Kaiserman, Manager, Client Services, Adult Day Program, are all Occupational Therapists by training.

Circle of Care’s Lara De Sousa, VP Client Services, Carey Lucki, CEO, and Ethel Kaiserman, Manager, Client Services, Adult Day Program, are all Occupational Therapists by training.

Occupational Therapists are problem solvers. Their work is integral to giving clients tools and methods for accomplishing everyday tasks that are meaningful to them – everything from getting dressed to working to participating in the community.
Purposeful engagement in meaningful activity is the underlying philosophy of occupational therapy, and at Circle of Care, it is embraced throughout the organization.
“As a leader, I am continually drawing on the skills I honed as an OT – engagement, problem solving, and innovation – to anticipate the needs of our clients and their caregivers,” said Carey Lucki, CEO. “Even though I’m not providing frontline care, it’s second nature for us to put ourselves in the footsteps of those receiving our services.”
Lara De Sousa, VP of Client Services, is also an occupational therapist. “OTs are trained to use a holistic perspective, considering all spheres of a person’s wellness—physical, functional, and spiritual. This actually brings a lot of benefit to a person in a leadership role because your training is rooted in the notion of always taking a step back and considering the bigger picture.”
ShawnLeeOut in the community, OT Shawn Lee leads Circle of Care’s Falls Prevention program. This free program targets seniors at risk for falls and is specially designed to help clients gain strength, improve balance and decrease their risk for falling.
To ensure clients get the most out of each class, Shawn conducts individual assessments for each participant at various points in the program. Education is also a key component of his work. By making seniors aware fall hazards and providing tips and resources for reducing falls, clients regain their confidence so they can live their lives to the fullest.
October is Occupational Therapy Month, and we thank all occupational therapists for the vital work that they do to help older adults live independent and healthy lives in the community.

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