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What you need to know about Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help patients develop, recover, and improve the skills they need in order to live and work. In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month here are some things to know about OTs and how they can help you.


Occupational Therapists work with:

  • People who are born with a disability

  • People who become injured

  • People who become sick

  • People with mental and physical health conditions

  • Older adults, children and everyone in between


To provide support to people they:

  • assess the environment, the occupation and the person’s ability

  • help with the things you have to do (eat, bathe, get around your home)

  • help with the things you need to do (finances, groceries)

  • help with the things you want to do (bake, woodwork, hobbies)

  • provide solutions, ideas and suggestions that allow the person to do what they have to, need to and want to do.


They work in:

  • Homes

  • Hospitals

  • Schools

  • Work Places

  • The Community


They can help:

  • Improve health and well-being

  • Shorten hospital stays

  • Return injured or sick employees to work sooner

  • Improve independence

  • Support chronic disease self-management


You can access them by asking for one from:

  • Your primary health care provider

  • The public health system (hospitals, community care, rehabilitation centres)

  • Workplace insurance programs

  • Federal health programs

  • Private practice

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