We are both Occupational Therapists (OT's), health care professionals whose main role is to improve independence and function.
Yes, we met at a hospital (originally). But then we met again a few years later downhill mountain biking. It took some dirt and adrenalin to make us really take notice of each other.
Over a burger and some laughs after a fun day on the trails, our romance began and there's been no looking back! After many new adventures, we were married 2 years later.
As we got to know each other, we discovered we're both passionate about working with the elderly. Before we met, we both worked in various settings but chose elderly care as our preferred field.
In addition to our "regular" jobs, we wanted to create a project we could do together. One that would combine our passion for working with the elderly and our experience as occupational therapists; our own project that would give us a way to reach out to others.
Over the years we noticed that working with the elderly almost always involved supporting their adult children in their role as caregivers. At the same time our own parents were - and continue to be - involved in caring for their aging parents.
From here the idea for Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com was born.
Now, some of us (Kevin) are more computer savvy than others (Tennille), but using the internet seemed like the best way to reach the most people.
So, here we are - continually enjoying working on Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com - together. Always trying to make it better and always having more and more ideas for what can be added.
Please let us know what else you'd find helpful for us to add!
Tennille and Kevin
Between the two of us we've worked with the elderly and their families in many different areas:
Our education includes:
We look at "occupation" as whatever a person does with their time. For children, it might be play, for adults it might be self-care or work, for older adults it might be volunteering or being able to move around independently.
The three main areas of occupation are self-care, leisure and productivity.
Occupational Therapists work in a broad range of areas such as hospitals, community organizations, schools, community health centres, and nursing homes. OT's can also work in private practice or rehabilitation companies with organizations such as car insurance or return to work companies.
Regardless of where they work, OT's always have the goal of improving function, safety and independence.
If you feel Caring-for-Aging-Parents.com is missing important information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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