By Chelsea and David, Temple University Occupational Therapy Interns
Throughout the month of June, PIN had the benefit of 2 interns from the Temple University Occupational Therapy program. These interns exposed the PIN team to fresh perspectives on how to support PIN members to grow in their independence and learn new strategies to make daily life easier. Below Dave and Chelsea share their experience of PIN:
Occupational therapy (or OT) and PIN fit together because both are focused on increasing member independence. The American Occupational Therapy Association defines OT as “living life to its fullest.” At PIN, we did this through assisting members in initiating, participating, and completing activities important to each individual. Through our education at Temple University, we are exploring individual, group, and community interventions to increase performance.
This summer, we were able to get involved with PIN in numerous ways. Members participated in budgeting meetings and described greater understanding and awareness of personal finances in follow-up meetings. They hosted friend dinners assisted by the occupational therapy students and made homemade meals for their friends. Members also opened their homes and participated in brainstorming sessions of how to better manage home life and chores. They explored various leisure pursuits in the PIN clubhouse and the Narberth community.
Each time we come to Narberth, we are amazed to see this formed community in action with each other and the surrounding borough. It was a wonderful honor to participate in the lives of PIN members, and we are looking forward to hearing about measurable ways the PIN members are becoming more independent in various life tasks.