To mark Occupational Therapy Week 2019, which takes place from 4th – 10th November, we wanted to introduce you to Sunrise of Tettenhall’s Occupational Therapist, Elaine Tromans, and Therapy Assistant, Sarah Melling.
Elaine Tromans commenced her career in Occupational Therapy as an Occupational Therapy Assistant working on a stroke rehabilitation ward. Following on from that she transferred over to Community Mental Health working as an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor (TI). Elaine was given the opportunity to train as an Occupational Therapist (OT) as part of the In-Service training scheme and did this at Coventry University, whilst still working as a TI.
Once she qualified as an OT, she worked in a variety of clinical settings, including acute mental health, community mental health, community rehabilitation, step down, learning disabilities and dementia, before coming to Sunrise of Tettenhall to work as an OT.
Her role at Sunrise initially involved delivering Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy sessions to individual residents who are living with early to moderate stage dementia. The aim of these sessions are to improve an individual’s cognitive and functional ability. However, now Elaine’s role has evolved and she works with residents to provide a full holistic service – supporting residents with a wide range of physical and mental health needs and enabling them to carry out daily activities ('occupations') which are essential for their health and happiness, thus allowing them to enjoy a full and independent life.
Sarah Melling is the Therapy Assistant at Sunrise of Tettenhall. Her role is to provide Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), Reminiscence Therapy and Namaste care to individuals with moderate to late stage dementia to maintain good wellbeing. CST is delivered in closed groups of up to six residents, twice weekly, for an initial period of 14 weeks and then a maintenance session is carried out once a week after that. Reminiscence Therapy is delivered once weekly in small closed groups and its aim is to help individuals with dementia remember events, people and places from their past lives. This is done by utilising all the senses – sight, touch, taste, smell and sound.
At Sunrise of Tettenhall, you are always welcome. Call the community on 01902 925921 to find out more about Occupational Therapy and to book a tour.