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HONORING MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY

FIRST RESPONDERS, TRAFFIC RESPONSE, AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL are often the first people our clients see after they have been injured in an accident or other detrimental event, providing life-saving measures and shepherding them to safety. We, along with our clients, are incredibly grateful to these heroic people who put their lives on the line every day so that we can be safe or cared for in the event that we have been hurt. We don’t believe that they get enough praise and credit for what they do!

Hardin’s Heroes was created by Matt Hardin to honor members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty during times of crisis. Through our interviews, we learn about them, their vital roles, and their motivations behind helping those in need. In recognition of these amazing people, Matt Hardin Law donates $500 to the charity of the Hero’s choice.

To nominate a first responder to be featured on our site, please send an e-mail to community@matthardinlaw.com.

WE ARE CURRENTLY HONORING THOSE WORKING THE FRONT LINES DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

Hardin’s Heroes was created by Matt Hardin to honor members of our community who go above and beyond the call of duty during times of crisis. Through our interviews, we learn about them, their vital roles, and their motivations behind helping those in need. In recognition of these amazing people, Matt Hardin Law donates $500 to the charity of the Hero’s choice.

OUR NEWEST HARDIN’S HERO IS…

Amber Moore

Amber moved to Nashville with her husband Zack in 2016. She works as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for Kindred at Home, the largest home health care company in America. Sometimes confused with physical therapy, which focuses on strengthening muscles and mobility, occupational therapy focuses on rehabilitating patients back to their everyday activities, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, and household chores.

Their goal is to alleviate pain and restore function, balance, and overall personal well-being. But like most of those in the medical field, Amber is experiencing some significant changes in her daily work life in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

How did you get into Occupational Therapy?

I used to be a swim coach and I was applying to go back to nursing school. One of my swimmer’s moms was an occupational therapist and she told me, “You need to know what OT is. This would be perfect for you.” I shadowed her at her pediatric clinic and just fell in love with it.

What about your work makes you the proudest?

In occupational therapy, we focus on meaningful activities. We go in peoples’ homes and sometimes it’s just exercise or balance or do this and not that. But when someone says, “I really need to be able to do this and I just can’t do it,” and you work on that with them for days or weeks or months and you see that
progress and they’re able to do whatever it is that they need to do on their own. It’s super rewarding.

What’s the most difficult part of your work?

You’re going into peoples’ homes, so you build personal relationships with some of them. I’ve seen some of my patients for three years on and off and some continuous. So you get really close to these people and their families and unfortunately many are at the age where they’re at high risk for injuries or diseases or even death. So losing patients is always hard, especially the ones that you grow close to.

How has the outbreak affected your day-to-day operations at work?

Well at first a lot of our patients were trying to cancel [appointments]. They didn’t want us coming into their homes thinking that we were going to bring a virus in with us. But now we’re wearing PPE, personal protective equipment, into the homes, face mask, gloves, making sure we’re cleaning all of our equipment, and keeping distance with the patients when needed. We’re also taking a lot more time educating patients on why they still need us to come so we can keep them healthy and keep them out of the hospital where they have a much higher chance of getting the virus.

Our main goal is to keep people at home and specifically out of the hospital, and out of rehab facilities. We’re pushing it even harder now, especially with our patients that are higher risk, like our COPDs, congestive heart failure patients, and people that are immunocompromised.

What are you looking forward to doing once life returns to normal?

I’m definitely excited to go kayaking again and spend some time out on the water. I am looking forward to just walking around Target and Marshall’s and not wearing a face mask every day. People don’t realize when you’re breathing in and out of a face mask all day every day it messes up your sinuses and gives you a sore throat and headaches. I’m definitely looking forward to not having to wear a mask every day.

What advice would you give to people during this time?

Listen to what the CDC is saying and listen to what your governing officials are telling you to do. Because a lot of people think that they’re well-informed and they really aren’t. Do what the higher-ups and the people that are in charge are asking you to do.

Is there anyone in your life that you consider a hero?

My husband. He’s great. He’s level-headed and he’s always looking out for everyone before himself. So I always try to be a good person like he is.

We already consider you a hero, Amber. But if you got to choose one superpower, what would it be?

Oh, easy. I would want to know what my dog, Sunny, is thinking. She is so weird. The things that she does… I just want to know what she’s thinking. [My husband and I] took her to the golf course earlier this week and she walked nine holes with us. It was a wild adventure for her. She’s loving all the extra walks lately and sitting out in the sunshine.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, Amber. We hope you have a great day and stay safe.

For sacrificing her time and her own well-being, continuing to support and care for those most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, we’re proud to award Amber with the Hardin’s Heroes title, certificate, and a donation of $500 to her chosen charity: The Violet Project.

Learn More About Amber’s Chosen Charity

The Violet Foundation creates fundraising community events and activities that benefit the fight against cystic fibrosis. Their mission is to inspire communities to stand together with those who fight CF every day.

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