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Albion healthcare clinic adds occupational services

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Orleans Community Health is now offering occupational therapy at its Albion site. Paul Graupman, occupational therapist, is working with Mary Stack of Medina to regain mobility in her fingers after breaking her wrist.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 19 February 2019 at 8:19 am

ALBION – Orleans Community Health is broadening its healthcare services by offering occupational therapy at its Albion Walk-in Healthcare Center.

Physical therapy is already offered in Albion on an out-patient basis, said Nancy Fallon, director of Occupational Services at Orleans Community Health. Occupational therapy was offered there for a short time a few years ago, but was discontinued when they lost their therapist.

Nancy Fallon, director of Rehabilitation Services at Orleans Community Health; Paul Graupman, occupational therapist; and Allyn Christopher, certified occupational therapist assistant, discuss the new occupational therapy service now being offered at the Albion Walk-in Healthcare Center.

“We want to get awareness out there that we can now offer this service in Albion,” said Allyn Christopher, certified occupational therapist assistant.

Occupational therapy is different from physical therapy, as OT works with issues necessary for day-to-day living, Christopher said.

Occupational therapy works to regain mobility due to muscle injuries, orthopedic issues, sports injuries, amputation and strokes.

Occupational therapy has always been offered at Medina Memorial Hospital, Fallon said. It is beneficial for a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, work-related injuries and arthritis.

“There is a definite need for this service, especially for hand therapy,” she said. “We are excited to expand our services and offer have them available close to home.”

The Albion Walk-In Clinic also offers primary care, lab, X-rays and physical therapy. It is located on Route 31 just east of the village.

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