What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life (CAOT Position Statement on Everyday Occupations and Health, 2003).
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities which give meaning and purpose to their lives. Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with the skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with people of all ages and abilities that experience obstacles to participation. These obstacles may
result from a change in function (thinking, doing, feeling) because of illness or disability, and/or barriers in the social, institutional or and physical environment. (Adapted from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2004).
Occupational therapists use a systematic approach based on evidence and professional reasoning to enable individuals, groups and communities to develop the means and opportunities to identify, engage in and improve their function in the occupations of life. The process involves assessment, intervention, and evaluation of the client related to occupational performance in self-care, work, study, volunteerism, and leisure. Occupational therapists may assume different roles such as advising on health risks in the workplace, safe driving for older adults, and programs to promote mental health for youth. Occupational therapists also perform functions as managers, researchers, program developers or educators in addition to the direct delivery of professional services.
Occupational therapists are generally employed in community agencies, health care organizations such as hospitals, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation centres and clinics, schools; social agencies industry or are self-employed. Some occupational therapists specialize in working with a specific age group or disability such as arthritis, developmental coordination disorder, mental illness, or spinal cord injury.
Achieva Health Occupational Therapy
At Achieva Health Occupational therapy helps to solve the
problems that interfere with your ability to do the things that are important to you. It can also prevent a problem or minimize its effects. When an injury, illness, disability or other problem limits your ability to:
- Take care of yourself,
- Participate in paid or unpaid work, or
- Enjoy your leisure time, e.g. hobbies, sports, spending time with family,
then you may want to consult with an Achieva Health Occupational Therapist.
Occupational therapists believe that occupations (activities) describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. If you are unable to do the things you want or need to do, to live and enjoy your life, your general well-being may be affected.
Achieva Health Occupational Therapy provides the following services:
- Assistive Devices Assessments for mobility and seating (wheelchairs/ walkers and canes)
- Training to improve Activities of Daily Living
- Restorative Feeding.
- Comprehensive evaluations of the worksite and home activities with recommendations for
- Performance skills assessments and treatment.
- Recommendations for adapting equipment and training on proper usage.
For more information on our Occupational Therapy services please call us at 416-489-8888 or info@achievaHealth.ca.