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The new occupational therapy room – a leap into a better everyday life

The reason that the library is now located behind the hospital

At lunchtime on their way to the dining hall, the missionary hospital’s member of staff walk along a passageway that is framed on the one side by the physios and, since two weeks now, on the other side by the occupational therapists.  The book shelves that once graced the room – as I reported yesterday – have found a new home.  (S)He who watches the occupational therapists going about their daily work can only be delighted and, should they have a camera to hand, quickly take a photo.

It is here that people who struggle with disabilities learn how to master their everyday lives.  They receive attention, learn tricks and new abilities and are shown empathy for their respective condition.  Glancing over the physios’ or the occupational therapists’ shoulder one quickly gets the impression that they belong to a special type of people, since they combine sensitivity with energy, come up with brilliant ideas and exude love.  Thus they are the perfect staff members for the Hospital Diospi Suyana!

At the inauguration of the department’s new rooms it was fitting that balloons covered the walls.  And everyone who helped getting the rooms shipshape or those who work here well-deserved the cake that was on the table.

Occupational therapist Susi Rottler helps a young patient with a lower arm prosthesis cope with everyday tasks.  Daniel Müller made the prosthesis in the Orthopaedic Workshop.
This is no boasting!  Susi Rottler is working with shaving foam hoping thereby to increase a patient’s tactile sensations and at the same time reduce her current overreaction.  The therapist, hailing from Ingolstadt, explains: “Only by means of a correct processing of this sensory organ can the patient properly grasp, act out, learn and develop fine motor skills!”
Physio Ana Arregui treats a small girl in the new occupational therapist room.
Once these walls were lined with book shelves.  Now it is here that people with disabilities learn to master their everyday lives.