Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist is a health care professional who works with individuals to assist them in improving, sustaining or restoring their highest possible level of independence in their desired daily activities.

The OTs at GBACHC work with the senior population or people living with chronic disease to complete Home Safety Assessments. A referral for OT can be made through your physician, nurse practitioner, other health care provider, caregiver, or yourself. Once the referral is received the OT will call and book a visit with you. The OT can then assist you with concerns such as preventing falls, home safety, assistive device use, return from hospital, and provide education on strategies to regain or maintain independence with daily tasks. They may also address a need for more support or programs in the community that may be of benefit. At times the OT also completes cognitive assessment to determine which areas of your brain are functioning well and provide strategies to improve areas that are not working as well.

As a result of the home assess the OT works with other health care professionals and with client consent makes referrals to other health care providers. Through the home safety assessment recommendations are sometimes made for individuals to access out GBACHC Grab Bar Subsidy, Outdoor maintenance subsidy or the Assistive Devices Program for mobility devices (walkers and wheelchairs).

Parkinson's Disease Support Group

The Occupational Therapist is currently a facilitator for the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group at the GBACHC. The group runs in partnership with the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario. The group is for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their partners, family members and/or caregivers. It runs the last Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3 pm. All are welcome!

Upper Extremity Clinic:

As part of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy treatment at the GBACHC a client may be referred to the Upper Extremity clinic to assist with improving hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder function, as well as fine motor control and dexterity. This program is to enhance function and based on client goals set with the physiotherapist and occupational therapist.

Falls Prevention Seminars:

The Occupational Therapist runs seminars/presentations a few times a year in different locations throughout the GBACHC catchment area. The goal of these presentations are to assist people in the GBACHC area with gaining knowledge and skills to improve balance, reduce fear of falling, and improve balance through exercise.

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