Meet RVNA Staffer of the Week, Brookfield Resident, Melissa Woodhouse
Melissa Woodhouse has a knack for fixing things, and for making good things even better.
Perhaps it’s her original training as an Occupational Therapist (OT), a field dedicated to returning patients to their activities of daily living after an injury or illness. It requires intelligence, insight, creativity, patience, ingenuity, persistence and, of course, a positive outlook.
These traits have served Melissa well as an OT, and have been employed and enjoyed en route to her current RVNA role, Director of HomeCare and Client Services.
Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
I grew up in Brookfield, CT and moved back six years ago!
What is your role at RVNA?
Director of HomeCare and Client Services. I oversee RVNA’s private caregiver company and centralized care coordination team (also know as ‘intake’). Together we ensure that clients receive care from one of our many service lines at RVNA.
How long have you been at RVNA?
Almost five years.
When brought you here?
I began working in home health as an Occupational Therapist, where I got to treat the most amazing patients in their homes.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to interact with clients, families, and caregivers.
When did you originally decide to become an OT?
After working many years as a Respiratory Therapist, I decided I wanted to pursue a career that furthered my ability to help change the lives of those who recently suffered an illness or injury.
How does your prior experience inform your new position?
It allows me to understand where clients are coming from, train caregivers how to manage clients, and ensure that our clients can age at home safely.
What do you love to do when you’re not working?
Go hiking or camping with my two daughters and husband. We love the outdoors!
What is your hidden talent?
Art — I love any and everything art related! Painting, drawing, or doing crafts with my kids.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Buy a house on a lake in the Adirondacks!
Do you have a favorite RVNA moment or story?
Getting to watch Nick Depuy and Barbie Tatum perform at the Autumn Dinner this year as a tribute to his late mom and my former patient. It’s something I’ll never forget. This event brings so many wonderful RVNA supporters together and is an amazing reminder of how many lives the RVNA impacts.