What is Occupational Therapy?
How you occupy your time – your daily occupations – can be challenged if injury, illness, disability, social or environmental factors restrict your participation. Occupational therapists (OTs) can design a plan to help prevent or overcome the barriers that you may face, getting
you back to enjoying your life.
OTs work in a variety of places, such as schools, hospitals, workplaces, homes and in the community. They are regulated health professionals who collaborate with people through the assessment, design and implementation phases to deliver personalized care.
OTs improve the health and well-being of people by creating client-centred solutions that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. Whether working in homes, communities, hospitals, workplaces or schools,
OTs are valued members of health teams as their interventions improve lives and save money. OTs work with patients in a range of settings with a wide variety of physical, mental and cognitive conditions that are chronic or episodic in nature. By considering the individual, in his or her environment, determining the necessary competencies and skills set to “manage” the business of “daily functioning and living” OTs are able to unleash individuals' potential so that they can participate and thrive in daily life.
Occupational therapy services are often covered by insurance (ICBC, WorkSafeBC, extended medical).