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Why Should OTs Educate Both Patients and Their Families About Brain Function and its Relevance to Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)? 

Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD

November 1, 2023

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Why should OTs educate both patients and their families about brain function and its relevance to activities of daily living (ADLs)? 

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Educating patients and their families about brain function and its impact on ADLs is essential to build a strong foundation for treatment plans. It helps individuals understand the reasons behind therapeutic interventions and empowers them to actively participate in the rehabilitation process. Additionally, this education fosters collaboration and ensures that interventions are well-received and effective in addressing cognitive deficits.

 

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the course, Cognitive Interventions In The Home: A Practical Approach For OT Professionals by Krista Covell-Pierson.


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Krista Covell-Pierson, OTR/L, BCB-PMD

Occupational therapist and entrepreneur, Krista Covell-Pierson is the founder and owner of Covell Care and Rehabilitation, LLC. Krista created Covell Care and Rehabilitation to improve the quality of services available for clients of all ages living in the community through a one-of-a-kind mobile outpatient practice which aims to improve the lives of clients and clinicians alike. Krista attended Colorado State University receiving degrees in social work and occupational therapy. She has worked in various settings including hospitals, home health, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing. Through her private practice, Krista created a model that she teaches other therapists looking to start their own business. She has extensive experience as a fieldwork educator and received the Fieldwork Educator of the Year Award from Colorado State University. Krista served as the President of the Occupational Therapy Association of Colorado for two years. She presents to groups of professionals and community members on a regular basis and has a heart to help others become the best version of themselves. 


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