The rehabilitation services department at Madison County Hospital is pleased to welcome Mike Jewell as their new occupational therapist.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Jewell has been a registered and licensed occupational therapist for 14 years. After recently working in more administrative roles at hospitals such as Dublin Methodist, Jewell is happy to be back in therapy.
“I love the community hospital setting, and I’m glad to be here at Madison County Hospital,” he said. “In Madison, I get the opportunity to help a variety of patients from children to adults.”
After working in retail earlier in his career, Jewell decided to go into occupational therapy. Inspired by his wife, also an occupational therapist, Jewell wanted the opportunity to help people. After getting his degree, he specialized in pediatric rehabilitation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and helped build their out-patient rehabilitation program.
Madison County Hospital’s rehabilitation services department is composed of physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. While physical and speech therapy may seem self-explanatory, many may not know the services occupational therapists can provide.
Occupational therapy assists patients with their every day life activities or occupations.
“It can be as simple as opening a door or pulling a zipper,” said Jewell. “I help people go back home, or back to work or school after an injury or disability.”
Occupational therapists can help adult patients with a wide variety of health issues. For example, to assist those with carpel tunnel or arthritis, occupational therapists not only help with strength and range of motion, but also provide adaptive equipment, to assist with grooming and dressing activities. The same goes for patients who have had hip, knee, or shoulder replacements.
In addition, occupational therapists can help adults suffering from neurological conditions such as a stroke or a head injury regain their independence. Occupational therapists can provide post surgical care on hips, knees, shoulders, and fingers. Also, after an illness or cardiac surgery, occupational therapists can teach energy conservation to make it easier on patients to recover while continuing to perform every day tasks such as cooking or doing laundry.
“In the end, my goal is to help their patients continue to live independently, to get them back to their daily activities,” said Jewell.
In children, occupational therapy can help with fine motor skills, such as hand writing, or developmental delays. An occupational therapist can supplement any treatment a child may be getting at school.
It is not just the patients that benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapists can also help educate caregivers and parents.
“We can do a lot for parents and caregivers of individuals who need occupational therapy,” said Jewell. “More people can utilize us as a resource to learn more about ways they can help their loved ones.”
If you feel you or your loved one may benefit from occupational therapy, visit your primary care physician for a referral. For more information about Madison County Hospital’s rehabilitation services, such as occupational therapy, call 740-845-7275.