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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy(OT) is a body of restorative procedures to enable people to return to their normal activities (occupations) following a debilitating injury, illness or other impairment.  These activities can be anything from dressing oneself in the morning to being able to get to work, to enjoying a particular hobby.  The type of intervention used will depend on the activity as well as the type of impairment. OT may work in a wide variety of areas including hospitals, care facilities, industry, and government.  Some specialize in specific groups of people, such as the elderly, inmates in correctional centers, and laborers. At Blue Sky Physiotherapy & Rehab Center’s Occupational therapist (OT) is a university educated professional certified by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

At Blue Sky Physiotherapy & Rehab Center
occupational therapists work in a list as follow:

Children and Young Adults

  • Skill building to enable a more fulfilling participation in meaningful activities
  • Handwriting skills
  • Teaching learning skills for children with developmental disabilities
  • Teaching motor skills, balance, and hand-eye coordination
  • Educating parents to provide at home assistance in the particular needs of their child
  • Working with schools in the development of programs aimed at childhood obesity
  • Providing solutions for children with psychosocial issues to allow them to more confidently engage in social interactions

The Elderly

  • Teaching strategies as well as exercises to facilitate clients in the healing process following (for example) a hip replacement, heart attack or stroke
  • Offering suggestions for the modification of the home or office environment to improve safety and facilitate independence
  • Providing information on available adaptive equipment to facilitate motion and travel
  • Evaluating current vision acuity and driving skills
  • Evaluating the available solutions for leading a more productive, fulfilling, and socially involved lifestyle

Rehabilitation

  • Assisting patients with autism to facilitate more meaningful relationships and general quality of life
  • Assisting cancer patients with appropriate therapies, stress reduction and fatigue management. Assisting patients in the use, care and application of prosthetic and orthotic devices
  • Assisting wounded warriors with traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and prosthetic devices

Acute Care

  • Monitoring patients’ healing and recovery following surgery, burns, and HIV treatments
  • Assessing and monitoring patients’ cognitive abilities (thinking, remembering and communicating)
  • Assessing patients’ psychosocial needs
  • Advising clients about appropriate adaptive equipment (such as wheelchairs and home safety devices) they can use after discharge from the hospital

Mental Health

  • Assisting patients with mental illness in outpatient programs to manage their conditions
  • Assisting in the design of schedules and developing routines
  • Teaching social skills and coping skills
  • Teaching medication management
  • Teaching increased community involvement
  • Suggesting opportunities for involvement in sports, recreation, and leisure activities
  • Teaching confidence and self-esteem in social situations
  • Teaching money management
  • Teaching child care
  • Teaching personal hygiene

Injury Management

  • Assisting patients to return to work following a disability or impairment
  • Assessing a patient’s particular job requirements in order to return to work
  • Assisting patients in the functional design of a return to work program
  • Providing patients with information on safe work practices
  • Suggesting modifications of the work environment appropriate to the needs of individuals with safety and comfort in mind

Blue Sky Rehab center Occupational Therapy
special services for ICBC claims

When you experienced an accident Blue Sky Center occupational therapy service can help you in two major ways;

As your case manager and they can help you with your claim. As your case manager our occupational therapy service can help you with your recovery plan, how? In this role they can be your care coordinator with support from your personal doctor. As an Independent OT service we will get directions from your personal doctor, however an ICBC hired OT can also be your case manager, they will get their directions from adjuster from ICBC. Why it is better to have private OT by your side? Your personal doctor are familiar with your personal needs and has access to your medical history this can be beneficiate you to plan your recovery based on your specific physical, psychological and environmental needs.

How will an OT going to help you? Occupational therapist have a knowledge and skills to help you regain your ability within your personal and environmental capacity. They can help you to engage again in the activities you had before accident. This process begin with doing a comprehensive assessment.

What will an OT assess? Occupational therapist can do different kind of assessments regarding to your pain, functional abilities, physical capacities and even psychological assessment to reach an understanding about how the accident you experienced affect your abilities. How it can help you? After doing an assessment occupational therapists can present the comprehensive care plan base on your personal needs. OT can suggest all the adaptive equipment you need, they can teach you strategies or new skills you need to go back to your life in your best ability. OT will suggest changes you need to make in your environment to participate more in your desirable activities.

Who can beneficiate most from OT service in ICBC accident? People who don’t make fast recovery and need assistance to engage in their life or people who are adjusting with some permanent losses are people who can be most beneficiated from OT service.

How can an OT help you with your ICBC claim? In BC legal system, OTs are considered as experts in the disability assessment and impact of injuries on people’s function. This means OTs can provide a report for the court on how your daily living has been affected by your injuries from the accident. OT will provide a report based on your personal symptoms and how they may prevent you to participate in your daily life to its full extend. OT will also provide recommendations regarding the treatments or equipment you may need in the future as a result of the motor vehicle collision.

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