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Occupational Therapy

"Easy Allied Health is a great clinic! The occupational therapist staff are all friendly, very knowledgeable and provide excellent service. Would 100% recommend!"

Far too often, patients invest their time and money in health services that promise a quick fix. Many of these interventions do not offer long-term benefits, however. Fortunately, occupational therapy is an effective means of recovering after an injury or managing a health condition that impacts multiple areas of your life.

Our Registered Occupational Therapists can help with:

  • Functional strength and range of motion exercise
  • Living with arthritis and symptom relief consultation
  • Home safety and falls prevention assessment
  • Adaptive equipment prescription to enable function
  • Leisure activities enablement
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Memory exercise
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What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Occupational therapy practitioners don’t ask, “What’s wrong with you” but instead ask, “how can I support you.” Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across various age groups participate in the activities they want and enjoy everyday activities.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy?

A big part of an occupational therapist’s job is to help their patients overcome everyday life struggles. For many older adults, this could involve navigating normal daily activities like walking and eating.

This is why the role of an occupational therapist is so essential. We work with patients and teach them exercise and rehabilitation techniques to complete daily tasks, such as dressing, eating, and bathing, much easier.

Occupational therapists help patients improve their fine and necessary motor skills, strength, agility, and motion range of motion. Even small improvements in these areas can make all the difference in completing an everyday task.

Why Our Treatment Works

An occupational therapist will try to find out why a client cannot do what they would like or need to do. Our OT Will check:

  • Physical abilities like strength, balance and coordination
  • Your mental abilities like memory, coping strategies, organizational skills
  • What materials or devices you use to participate in activities like furniture, utensils, tools or clothes
  • What social and emotional support is available to you at home, school, work or in the community, and
  • The physical setup of your house, classroom, workplace or other environments

Allied Health occupational therapists are experts in enabling function. They take a client-centred and evidence-based approach. Allied Health occupational therapists work with their individuals to address functional barriers and strategically decide the best way to facilitate or maintain engagement in valued activities of daily living.

Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can be beneficial throughout your lifetime. Occupational therapy can benefit those in need by supporting their independence, strength and endurance, cognition and visual functions, and supporting caregivers.

Occupational Therapy Improves an Individual’s Independence

Nearly 90 percent of Canadians with a mobility impairment require assistance with at least one daily living activity. This is one of the biggest reasons many choose occupational therapy. People want to take care of themselves. They want to complete personal tasks, such as bathing, dressing and going to the bathroom independently.

Improves Strength and Endurance for Functional Tasks

Typical exercise and endurance, also known as activity tolerance or activities of daily living, activities are commonplace in therapy. But occupational therapy also involves analyzing the movement or cognitive requirements of daily tasks. Then, therapists come up with activities and exercises to build on your current skills.

Occupational Therapy Can Also Work on Functional Cognition and Visual Deficits

Occupational therapists address cognition concerning functional necessity.

For example, kids with particular challenges often need occupational therapy. There are several activities therapists might use to help improve these skills.

Therapists focus on practicing those skills or using activities that require organization, attention, problem-solving, and reasoning. The goal is to improve the cognition needed to complete necessary functional tasks. This also can involve mental health through our counsellor services.

Occupational Therapists are Great at Caregiver Training and Support

Easy Allied Health occupational therapists are not just great at caregiver training; we excel at it! We are experts in helping individuals and caregivers figure out how to live life after transitioning. Especially in preparation for leaving an acute care or rehab hospital, the OT will figuratively walk a patient and caregivers through all aspects of daily life.

Occupational Therapists are Experts in Adaptive Equipment and Home Modifications

Occupational therapists regularly offer adaptive equipment suggestions to their patients. Whether the individual is learning how to dress following a hip replacement or back surgery or requires options to maintain safety in the bathroom, OTs are the go-to therapists to address these issues. OTs also provide home evaluations to address potential safety hazards inside and outside the home.

How Does Occupational Therapy Work?

Occupational therapy experts listen, create a plan, set goals, and support you from the time you set up an appointment to the time your treatment ends. Allied Health dedicates itself to your progress from the start of your treatment to the end of your treatment.

FAQs on Occupational Therapy

Have more questions about OT? Here are commonly asked questions and answers.

The initial occupational therapy session is approximately 65 - 90 minutes. The follow-up sessions are generally 50 minutes, with about 10 minutes for clinician charting, at the end.

Make sure to bring any copies of reports from medical professionals (Psychologists or Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, or previous Occupational Therapists).

Easy Allied Health Occupational Therapists are highly trained in their field. Our therapists are dedicated to their client’s journey to ultimate independence and health. They listen to clients while setting goals and creating treatment plans that are centered around specific reasons for making an appointment. They stand by you 100%!

You have a couple of options to book an appointment with Easy Allied Health to fit your needs. You can give us a call at one of our locations, you can stop in to see us, or you can book an appointment online for your convenience.

How to Schedule Occupational Therapy with Easy Allied Health

Ready to start your journey towards health and wellness with our experts? Visit any of our locations, book online, or give us a call.

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Easy Allied Health is proud to serve Coquitlam and surrounding areas.