• Peggy

So many changes since the last blog post. We now wash hands for 20 seconds, maintain 6 feet for social distance, and use masks to prevent the spread of Sars-CoV-2/covid 19. The lifestyle changes may confine us to home and limit our access to family, friends, groceries, restaurants, and travel. If the stress of these changes is getting the best of you, then know that resources are available to help. At the end of this post are resources for managing stress, particularly for covid 19 relief. Benton county community resources are listed for anyone in need of food, shelter, or other resources.

Many activities are still possible during this virus pandemic. We can keep contact with family and friends via phone, email, text, or video. Visit elders through the window or picnic outside to maintain a safe distance. Wave or wink rather than shaking hands. Baking with sourdough seems to be the baking activity of choice for many people. Other possible pursuits include reading, gardening, cooking, and house projects. Dance to your favorite music. Learn to play the guitar or other instrument. Go for a bicycle ride. Follow along with a workout video. Play cards or board games. Clean house or wash and wax your car.

Active Wellness LLC closed for 2 months from mid-March to mid-May, 2020, then opened with new guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. One big change is the option of telehealth for occupational therapy and hand therapy. Telehealth provides access to treatment with a confidential video link from the comfort of your home or office. The video link is accessible from the patient portal by using your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Videoconferencing is possible with physicians, surgeons, and other providers too. Other changes for clinic care include:

  1. Please stay home if you are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, or sore throat. A video session may be scheduled, if needed.

  2. Hand washing, temperature and oxygen saturation check at the start of each session for both provider and patient.

  3. HEPA filter on all day, prior to the first appointment and running until the office closes.

  4. Please wear a mask covering face and nose for anyone attending in-clinic sessions.

  5. Each visit will have a 30-minute gap between sessions to allow the air to filter and minimize exposure to the virus.

  6. As usual, all equipment and points of contact will be cleaned with a hospital-grade disinfectant.

Active Wellness is here to help the Corvallis community get healthy and stay productive, even during this coronavirus pandemic.

Website and community links are listed below for ease of access.

Help Guide maintains a resourceful website and dedicated to managing the stress of covid 19.

Benton county resources:

Coronavirus information

Housing (English y espaniol)

Local response team for help or to volunteer

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Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Welcome to Active Wellness LLC, located in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. Established in July 2019, Active Wellness is an independent private practice providing hand occupational therapy for Corvallis and the surrounding community. This clinic is dedicated to keeping you and your hands active.

The Active Wellness clinic provides ease of access to the free local bus transportation system at 5th and Monroe. Bicycle parking is accessible in the front of the building. Walking to this clinic is possible with the central downtown location close to coffee shops and cafes. Car parking is available in designated parking lots or on the streets of downtown Corvallis. Ease of transportation is only one factor for choosing a therapy clinic. Experience and expertise are other factors to consider. As a resident of Corvallis for over 25 years, I appreciate the quality of life in the Willamette Valley. Over the past 13 years, I have worked in Portland and SW Washington with many skilled and gifted hand surgeons and therapists. Now, after many years of clinical practice, I established this clinic to provide both ease of access and quality care closer to home.

Each post will have a tip or reminder for hand care. This initial post shares a most basic element of hand care - hand hygiene. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer is effective for protection from germs. If hands are visibly soiled, then soap and water is the preferred method for hand hygiene. Remember to lather for at least 15 seconds before to rinsing (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). Take the time to minimize the spread of cold or flu viruses this winter.

Peggy Stein OTD OTR/L CHT

Occupational Therapist

Certified Hand Therapist

Active Wellness LLC in Corvallis, OR

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases/Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. (2019). Hand hygiene in healthcare settings. Retrieved from

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