Solutions for Independent Living
About Ginny Saunders
“After years of practicing OT in many medical settings, I found that there was a common thread that ran through all the patients I treated. How to return home safely and comfortably in a living environment (home) that would support optimal independence and dignity.”
“My eyes were opened further when I began working with cardiac, general medical illnesses, and post surgical conditions in acute care settings. My approach shifted from immediate care to where would these folks go after hospitalization? If they were to go home, how would they manage negotiating stairs, small doorways, stepping into bathtubs, preparing meals, dressing themselves, bathing safely, and feeling a part of the family without being a burden? How could their physical home environment support their return to independence and how could families be helped to take on the roles of caretakers?”
Ginny Saunders is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a BS in Occupational Therapy (OT) and an MA in Health Education. She has 39+ years of OT experience working with physical disabilities, teaching at a community college, managing OT clinics, private practice in hand therapy, certification as a lymphedema therapist, home health and skilled nursing rehab. Ginny is a Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) professional and has Executive Certification in Home Modification (ECHM) through the department of Gerontology at USC. She is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association and American Society of Hand Therapy. She loves to garden, swim and cycle.
“Through my many years of working with patients and their families, I have learned about balancing sensitive needs for home with medical timelines for healing or acceptance of a change of lifestyle.”
OTRL, MA, CAPS, ECHM
Independent Living Specialist