The Health Care Professional's Perspective

Meet Brooke Martin, Occupational Therapist for
BAYADA Home Health Care and Watermark Partner

“The supports that are available in a senior living community – physical, emotional and social – are going to create a better outcome than if someone were at home, even if they had a private caregiver.”
– Brooke Martin

Brooke’s Take – Therapy Produces Better Outcomes in Senior Living

An occupational therapist like Brooke typically works on rehabilitating patients after illness or surgery to perform everyday tasks like dressing, eating or using the bathroom safely. During the pandemic, however, Brooke saw goals quickly shift to keeping people safe and preventing hospitalizations along with maintaining mental wellness in the face of isolation from family and friends. Working exclusively with Watermark administrators, she helped to identify residents at risk and get them on therapy services to make sure they maintain their balance, strength and mental wellness. And yes, she did treat individuals that were positive for COVID-19, dressed in full PPE, mask, gown, gloves and N-95. The mother of three said, “We’re putting ourselves at risk being on the front line, but it’s all worth it in the end. I think we’ve all sacrificed time with our families and our friends. A lot of these communities, including the administration, they’re working around the clock, working two or three shifts in a row, multiple days in a row, just to make sure that the residents are getting the care that they need.”

Portraits

Professional portraits taken by a renowned photographer capture the human spirit and celebrate the people of senior living.

Behind The Scenes

Go behind the scenes with candid moments captured while the individuals featured in this special series shared their personal stories and perspectives about the impact of senior living on film.
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