National Rehabilitation Week: September 13-19, 2020

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week is during the third week in September and recognizes the outstanding services providing by rehabilitation professionals. Rehabilitation therapist need both a thorough knowledge of the human body and the right mix of patience and understanding.

The profession began in World War I to take care of injured soldiers. At the time, it was a female-only profession with 274 members of the American Women’s Physical Therapy Association. Graduates of physical therapy schools were in short supply. More schools offered course work to meet the demand in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Schools started employing thousands of occupational therapists in the last half of the 20th Century to help disabled children.

Speech therapy began in England in the 1700s. In the early 1900s, it grew in importance as many World War II soldiers suffered brain injuries and needed speech rehabilitation.

The goal of the week is to express appreciation for rehabilitation experts and assistants who work as physical, occupational and speech therapists. Thank you Collen, Christine, Jane and Amanda for all your hard work with our residents!

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