Clinical OT to Slinging Houses.

Where I am coming from.

Okay, so I don’t just sling houses; there’s much more to my business than that. However, it took me a while to get out of my head and own the mission behind Empowered Homes. I am super proud of my Occupational Therapy (OT) degree and LOVE assisting with ADLs (activities of daily living), so when I started building my real estate business, I struggled with shame and identity.

5 years later, my questionable business idea is a real thing. A real successful thing.

So what is OT?

April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month, a time to celebrate the vital work that occupational therapists do to help people live their best lives. You can also apply OT to real estate. Let’s explore how OT and real estate can work together and how Empowered Homes is on a mission to deliver the joy of home.

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping people overcome physical, emotional, and cognitive barriers that may prevent them from participating in their ADLs. OTs work with people of all ages and abilities to help them improve their quality of life and achieve their goals. This includes assisting people to recover from injuries or illnesses, adapt to disabilities, or develop new skills to improve their independence and overall well-being.

On the other hand, real estate is all about finding the right home for each individual. Whether someone is looking to buy or rent a property, they want to find a space that meets their needs and supports their lifestyle. This is where OT can come in.

Occupational therapists can use their expertise to help people identify their specific needs and goals regarding housing. For example, an OT might work with a family with a child with special needs to identify the features and accommodations necessary in a home to support their child’s daily activities. Or, an OT might work with an older adult who wants to downsize to a smaller home to identify the features that would be necessary to support their mobility and independence.

Insert Real Estate

By working with a real estate agent who understands the needs and goals of their clients, OTs can help people find the perfect home that meets their unique needs. This might include a house with a ramp for wheelchair accessibility, a home with an open floor plan to support easy navigation or a home with features that support sensory integration for children with autism.

In addition to helping people find the right home, OTs can also provide support during the downsizing or community transition process. Moving can be a stressful and overwhelming experience, but OTs can offer strategies and resources to make the process easier. For example, an OT might provide tips for packing and unpacking, suggest an organizational plan to help people settle into their new space, or provide emotional support to help people manage the stress of the transition.

Overall, marrying OT with real estate is a powerful combination that can help people find the perfect home and support their overall well-being. I now own it!

This April, let’s celebrate the important work of occupational therapists and the ways they help people live their best lives – both in and out of the home.

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Meet the Author

Hey there! I am SO GLAD you are here.

I’m Gretchen Kingma, The OT REALTOR.

We are marrying healthcare with housing, to assist you in finding or modifying the home that empowers you to love where you live.”

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