Dr. Alan Young, Col. (Dr.) Michael Weber, and Sgt. Maj. Vincent Herrington officially open the newly-remodeled Activities of Daily Living Skills room during a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 7. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
11 SEPT 2013
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center’s Rehabilitation Unit held a ribbon-cutting ceremony August 7 for the newly remodeled Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills room. The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) donated the funds to remodel the apartment-like room which has two primary purposes.
“It offers therapeutic activities in a natural setting,” Chief of Rehabilitation, Capt. Donald P. Hawkins II. “The second is so that our therapists can identify patient needs and teach them techniques and skills to help them become independent or request devices or equipment that will allow them to perform self-care chores with a higher level of independence.”
Juan A. Arredondo, a WWP warrior outreach coordinator, organized the project and understands firsthand the importance of the ADL.
“It reduces tension for the patients and sets them up for success,” he said.
Arredondo, a retired Army sergeant, lost his left hand in Iraq in 2005 when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Having to personally learn self-care skills as an amputee and overcoming the challenges of his new life with only one hand gave him the drive to pursue the remodeling and completion of the ADL.
“It’s very important for patients to be in an environment where they can learn self-care skills while still in the hospital,” said Arredondo. “We [WWP] wanted to do this for burn center patients because of what they have to go through during the rehabilitation process. This room provides them the opportunity to learn the new skills that they need to take care of themselves when discharged and on their own.”
The ADL was remodeled with new bedroom and dining room furniture, washer and dryer, kitchen appliances, and all the necessities to perform everyday living activities like cooking, bathing, dressing, and grooming.
“The burn center is blessed to have the support and friendship of the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Hawkins. “The décor of the completed ADL apartment is very modern and offers a warm, inviting feel as would be expected from an apartment within our community.”