Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational Therapy in Baggiovara is also done in the kitchen


Rehabilitation Medicine, Occupational Therapy in Baggiovara is also done in the kitchen
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The Rehabilitation Medicine of the Civil Hospital of Baggiovara, directed by Dr. Andrea Montis and the Rheumatology of the Polyclinic, directed by prof. Carlo Salvarani, together for patients suffering from rheumatic diseases that create disabilities in the joints of the hands, wrists, feet and large joints. These patients, in fact, will be able to carry out rehabilitation programs of Occupational Therapy within the Rehabilitation Medicine clinics of the Civil Hospital, where since 2008, thanks to the donation of the Cranial Trauma Association, a real apartment has been rebuilt, equipped with equipment home automation, where patients are taught to live with their pathology in daily life, without stressing the joints. These patients are also taught the importance of proper nutrition.

The first event of this collaboration was the preparation, on August 2nd, of a complete meal designed specifically for people with rheumatological diseases. The focus was not only on the nutritional values, but also on the preparation methods. Prepare a complete meal, from appetizer to dessert, using recipes, utensils and methods of preparation suitable for people with rheumatological diseases and based on solid scientific evidence. The event was held in the kitchen of the Occupational Therapy Area of ​​the Civil Hospital of Baggiovara by a multidisciplinary team composed of Antonella Celano, President of APMARR – National Association of People with Rheumatological and Rare Diseases, Dr. Gilda Sandri, rheumatologist at the Modena Polyclinic, Dr. Valentina Bettelli and Elena Merighi, occupational therapists at the Modena University Hospital. Laura Benedetti from the Cranial Trauma Association was also present.

We are very happy with this collaboration – said Dr. Andrea Montis, Director of Rehabilitation Medicine – which allows us to complete the care offer of the Occupational Therapy Area, with a path that strengthens the collaboration between the two establishments within the University Hospital. The Occupational Therapy Area was born in 2009 thanks to the donation of the Cranial Trauma Association with the aim of re-educating patients admitted to our ward to everyday life. Neurological patients, severe trauma, patients discharged from intensive care, need to relearn gestures that we take for granted. Lately the team of occupational therapists has been strengthened and this allows us to consolidate and strengthen the activity. In this regard, I thank all the therapists and the coordinator Paola Cavallini. “

The Occupational Therapy Clinic follows about 5-6 patients per day hospitalized and 3-4 per day in the outpatient clinic.

Cooking involves a series of gestures and actions that people with rheumatological pathologies and reduced joint mobility can be precluded from, or involve considerable difficulties – says Dr. Gilda Sandri – we therefore wanted to illustrate a series of food preparation techniques that help overcome pain and difficulties, based on scientific studies. Even a simple trick, such as holding a pan with two hands and not just one, can have a significant benefit on the joint level, for example. The benefits of some of these strategies may appear small in the short term, but will prove to be fundamental in the long term“.

Proper nutrition connected to a lifestyle appropriate to one’s age and clinical conditions can improve the overall quality of life of those suffering from a rheumatological disease – explains Antonella Celano, APMARR President – This is why, as part of a broad project that APMARR conducts together with ADI – the Italian Association of Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition, we wanted to prepare recipes and videotape the entire process, in order to highlight both the nutritional aspect and that linked to the methods of preparation, to allow people with rheumatological diseases to cook healthy and delicious dishes independently. The video recipes will soon be available to anyone“.

In addition to individual postural measures, it is also important to consider the spaces and tools available – explains Dr. Valentina Bettelli. The kitchen of the clinic where we made the complete meal is partly home automation and made up of elements that can be moved in order to allow a better posture for the person who cooks. The oven, for example, has an easy opening that allows people with joint limitations to bake without the weight of the pan weighing too much on their hands. In our kitchen we also find tools that are real aids, such as electric can openers, or slightly inclined cutlery, which can also be purchased in common shops and become precious allies for all people with rheumatological diseases.. ” concludes Dr. Valentina Bettelli.


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