Monthly Archives: April 2013

Volunteer has Special Connection with Sheltering Arms

ChrisBragg3When Chris Bragg was a patient at Sheltering Arms in September 2009, he had no idea that it was just the beginning of something much bigger.

“When I first came to Sheltering Arms after my stroke, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t swallow,” says Bragg. Continue reading


Listen to the First Swing Adaptive golf event information from the WRVA interview

We are so excited that Jimmy Barrett (WRVA) interviewed Alison Clarke, Director of Community Recreation Services at Sheltering Arms, about a special golf  opportunity for people with disabilities. To learn more about the “First Swing” event on April 26th and/or register for this exciting program, call (804)764-5275 or go to our website:


Q & A with a Sheltering Arms Occupational Therapist

Jacqueline CherryJacqueline Cherry, M.S., OTR/L is a Sheltering Arms occupational therapist in the acute care setting, which means that she sees patients in one of the Richmond area hospitals before they come to a Sheltering Arms rehabilitation hospital or outpatient clinic. She has a unique perspective because she has the opportunity to work with patients very early in the recovery process. Here is what Jacqueline had to say:

1. Why did you choose the profession of occupational therapy?

I chose occupational therapy when I was in elementary school. My brother had to receive OT services. I would attend sessions with him because he would only copy me, so the therapist would have me do the task and then my brother would imitate me and complete the activity. I liked how the therapists turned frustrating day-to-day activities into my brother then being independent and excited. I knew there was no other profession for me. Continue reading

A Glimpse into the World of an OT

KayBaberIn honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we interviewed some of the wonderful Sheltering Arms Occupational Therapists. Kay Baber, MSOTR/L works in the outpatient setting at the Sheltering Arms Bon Air Center. Look for another interview coming soon!

1. Why did you choose the profession of occupational therapy?

I had participated in some aptitude testing when I was in college trying to decide what I wanted to do when I “grew up,” and occupational therapist was at the top of the list.  However, I had never heard of this career and when I asked the counselor, she didn’t know either.  Continue reading

What is Occupational Therapy?

Henry SternWhen illness or injury strikes, goal number one is usually medical stability. Once this has occurred, the focus quickly shifts and you might be thinking things like:

  • I can’t take a shower or brush my teeth by myself.
  • I have to get back to work and support my family.
  • Who is going to clean the house?

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