October 20 – 26 is Occupational Therapy Awareness Week and a local Bathurst man is a good example of someone who is doing just what this year’s theme for the week suggests: reaching his potential.
Geoff Boyce had a below-knee amputation on his right leg in early 2011. Following his surgery he was admitted into the acute surgical ward at Bathurst Health Service and then referred to the hospital’s rehabilitation inpatient ward where he was fitted with a prosthesis and received rehabilitation for around three months.
Mr Boyce attributes his recovery to the occupational therapy (OT) and rehabilitation treatment he received at Bathurst Health Service.
“The OT therapy staff, along with all of the staff in rehabilitation, were fantastic. The support they provided really assisted with my recovery," Mr Boyce said.
Mr Boyce enjoyed the therapy provided as an inpatient, which included playing golf on Nintendo Wii two times a week to improve his balance and motivation. He also appreciated the home assessment conducted by the occupational therapists.
"The minor modifications and equipment prescribed were a big help, and made it easier when I returned home," Mr Boyce said.
“Without the support from OT and rehabilitation staff, it would have been very difficult to return to living at home and performing activities of daily living”.
Mr Boyce believes that the OT and other therapy he received in rehabilitation definitely helped him reach his potential.
“My short term goal of returning home to live with my wife was achieved thanks to the OT I received and the minor modifications and equipment recommended by the occupational therapist.
“I am now back to playing golf, helping my wife around the house, shopping and driving, which have all been long term goals I wanted to achieve.
"The whole process exceeded all of my expectations. The OT services provided, including the support I needed at a difficult time, helped me and my wife immensely," Mr Boyce said.
Occupational Therapy Awareness Week is a national initiative that seeks to promote the important role of occupational therapy in the community.
For more information please visit the Occupational Therapy Australia website at www.otaus.com.au.
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