Fallon Baer, OT
I was born and raised here in Logan county and enjoy providing services to my community. I received my Master’s Degree from Belmont University in Nashville TN and began working for Dignity in 2015. I wanted to become a therapist after watching my grandfather receive therapy services after having a stroke. It was amazing to me to see the progress he made after working with therapy.
So, what is occupational therapy? It is a form of therapy that encourages rehabilitation through activities of daily living. As a home health therapist, we go into the home and treat patients to help improve daily functioning in hopes of regaining independence. We can treat patients with neurological disorders, any orthopedic condition and general weakness, just to name a few.
In this area, I often see patients who have had a stroke or CVA. Most of the time, the sensory pathways are affected causing numbness or tingling in the upper extremities. This can make it difficult to get dressed or do daily household chores. Sensory re-education is very interesting and I enjoy watching the progress. An activity that will help improve sensation after a stroke is gathering different textured materials or objects to feel and reteach your brain how to interrupt the different sensations in hopes of improvement. This is something everyone could do at home!