Occupational Therapy Month Spotlight - Emily Burns

Date: Apr, 26 2021

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in occupational therapy?

I have always had an interest in health and wellness, and when I was ready to go back to work after being home with my kids, I decided to switch fields from communications to occupational therapy. 

What helped you determine that this was the career path for you?

I had a friend who was an occupational therapist who taught me what OT was and let me shadow her at work when I was interested in learning more about the field. I also shadowed a few other OTs in different settings and really liked what I learned about the profession.

Why did you choose to work in the home health setting?

Ever since I became an OT I knew I wanted to work in home health. I find the most satisfaction working with people in their own home, seeing how they do things, where they have trouble and helping them find ways to keep doing what they want and need to do for themselves.

Why did you choose to work for Adoray?

I chose to work for Adoray because of its small size and local leadership team. I choose to stay with Adoray because the company empowers clinicians to go above and beyond what other companies might allow in providing great patient-centered care.

What is the most rewarding part about being in this field?

The most rewarding part of being an occupational therapist is helping older adults continue living in their homes as safely and as independently as possible.

What is the most challenging part about this career?

The most challenging part of the career is the complexity of health needs that our patients have by the time we meet them.

What is a lesson you have learned throughout your career in occupational therapy that you would like to share with others?

Spending time with older adults is good for the soul. I feel very lucky to be welcomed into my clients’ homes and become a part of their journey toward better health! 

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