Neuro News would like to introduce Jeanine Brandalise, an Occupational Therapist who will be sharing her knowledge and experience through posts on the Neuro News website.
Jeanine studied Occupational Therapy (OT) in Switzerland and spent the last 15 years as an OT in a multidisciplinary team working in the community setting ( Association Vaudoise d’Aide et de Soins à Domicile).
The clients are mainly adults with physical, cognitive and mental disabilities. Her role is to assist their independence as much as possible in activities of daily living and improve the quality of their lives. Apart from her professional and paid work, she also dedicates time to volunteering for an Association for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by participating in camps, meetings and assisting them through all activities involved in day to day life.
Previous attachments as an Occupational Therapy Nurse were in Switzerland, Egypt and Pakistan
Previous attachments as an Occupational Therapy Nurse were in Switzerland (Pediatrics and General Hospital), Egypt (in a rehabilitation home for children suffering from sequelae of Poliomyelitis and other physical traumas) and Pakistan (Rehabilitation Centre for patients with Spinal Cord Injuries).
Jeanine has also lived for several years in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya and travelled for months in Asia and Croatia. Living and working away from her home country has enhanced her understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity. Training as an OT, a “sense of fairness” and a need to assist vulnerable people made her look for work in different cultural and social environments.
Her experience gathered over the years has been seamlessly translated into the Neuro-Rehab Camp in Mauritius. She believes in the importance of community rehabilitation and enjoys working in a team that puts the interest of patients first and offers support to their caregivers and relatives.
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