Credit Valley Hospital

Occupational Therapy

Description

Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy works to break down the barriers which impede individuals in their everyday activities. Occupational therapists examine the physical effects of an injury or disease as well as address the psychosocial, community and environmental factors that influence function.

Occupational therapists consider occupation to be everything people do to occupy themselves, including looking after themselves (self-care), enjoying life (leisure), and contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (work/productivity).


Location

Occupational Therapy is located on Level One in Rehabilitation Services. It is conveniently located just inside the Ambulatory Care entrance to the hospital, close to parking and Transhelp drop-off.


Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday from 8:30 – 4:30.


Services

At Credit Valley Hospital, Occupational therapists work in the following areas and may provide the following services depending on your situation:

  • Inpatients (Acute Care, Rehabilitation, Continuing Care)
    • Assess functional ability (both physical and cognitive) and environmental factors (e.g. home accessibility, supports, etc.)
    • Promote, maintain, or restore independence in activities of daily living through practice, adaptation, and/or assistive devices
    • Liaise with other members of the multidisciplinary team and/or community support agencies to assist in discharge planning
    • Provide wheelchair prescription and training
  • Inpatient Special Care Nursery/Outpatient Neo-Natal Follow-up Clinic
    • Assess feeding and/or developmental skills using a neuro-developmental framework
    • Provide treatment of oral-motor feeding difficulties
    • Provide provision of positioning, stimulation activities and exercises for parents to carry out to improve motor and/or feeding skills
    • Liaise and refer to community agencies for ongoing developmental intervention as needed
  • Outpatient Hands and Orthopedics (including Rheumatology)
    • Maximize function and minimize disability in the following ways:
      • Splints for protection, proper positioning, and support
      • Assistive devices such as pen grips, built-up handles, jar openers, etc.
      • Graded hand activities to regain fine motor skills
      • Range of motion and strengthening exercises to improve/maintain hand function
      • Simulation of daily tasks required for work and/or home
      • Gel pads and pressure garments for scar management
      • Patient education regarding management of their injury/disability
  • Outpatient Seniors and Rehabilitation Day Hospital
    • Cognitive
    • Vocational Retraining
    • Driving
    • Provide wheelchair prescription and training

Occupational therapists at the Credit Valley Hospital also work in the areas of Mental Health and Credit Valley Rehabilitation Centre. Please see these department or service descriptions for more information.


FAQ

Q: How can I make an appointment for Occupational Therapy?

A: All outpatient Occupational Therapy services require a medical doctor’s referral. Occupational Therapy services through the Seniors and Rehabilitation Day Hospital, Credit Valley Rehabilitation Centre and Mental Health require a referral to the program.

Q: Is Occupational Therapy covered by OHIP?

A: Occupational Therapy services are covered by OHIP, but there may be costs associated with treatment that are not covered by OHIP (i.e. splints/splinting material, etc.)


External Links

Occupational Therapy Works:
www.otworks.ca

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists:
www.caot.ca

College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario:
www.coto.org