Lamar Bolden, OTR/L
This is my passion…being able to provide my patients with the skills they need to succeed at home, on the job or in community activities. It's that simple.
But in reality, it's far from simple. LaMar works with an uncommon dedication to implement the strategies, introduce the techniques and adapt the technologies to help her patients perform the necessary "skills for daily living." These are the many skills most people perform without a second thought – things like brushing one's teeth, getting dressed, preparing meals or working on a computer. But for many patients who have survived a stroke or other neurological injury, learning to do these basic tasks all over again may at first seem impossible.
"When I meet with each of my patients, I ask myself, 'What can I do to make his or her life better?'" says LaMar. "This is what drives me – to be able to make a meaningful difference in someone's life. I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to effectively address an individual's problems with upper extremity function, balance, vision or thinking."
What helps to make this all work so effectively for patients at Kessler is a strong, interdisciplinary team approach. "I am so fortunate to be part of team whose commitment to patient care never wavers and whose expertise and support I can always rely on," LaMar notes.
"We all know that rehabilitation is not an easy process for our patients and their families; being away from home and dealing with significant life changes is hard. That is why it is so important for me to do my best to help patients regain their independence and return home."