An Experience I will never forget

Natalia

My 8-week Occupational Therapy (OT) placement in Klibur Domin is one I will never forget. It was an experience that developed and enhanced my personal growth by facing the challenges head on, putting myself in an unfamiliar environment and having confidence in my own abilities.   From the friendly and supportive staff to the highly motivated inpatients and outpatients in the community, my time in Klibur Domin facilitated and strengthened my learning and knowledge of the occupational therapy rehabilitation process. During my placement I have seen many improvements in patients’ health and wellbeing, which has brought a big smile to my face.

In particular, one 55yo male patient who had a stroke and a below knee amputation 3 years ago showed a huge improvement in his upper limb function. At my initial assessment his left arm shoulder flexion was 50 degrees and he was fully dependent on his wife with feeding, washing and transferring in and out of bed. With stretches and exercises over the course of 8 weeks he was able to achieve his goal in feeding and washing the majority of himself independently and transferring in and out of bed with minimal assistance from his wife. His constant motivation to adhere to daily OT training made him a pleasure to work with, as was his lovely wife and supportive family.

Both staff and patients were very receptive to our Occupational Therapy input and it was a real delight to work in such a friendly environment. It is my future goal to return to Klibur Domin as an Occupational Therapist and to work with my friends Carlos and Pedro again. I highly encourage Occupational Therapists to visit Klibur Domin as it was an excellent learning opportunity, helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate and educating staff in Occupational Therapy practice.