Occupational therapists (OT) help people get back to meaningful everyday activities by helping manage or overcoming physical, cognitive, or mental health obstacles. They help you develop skills, improving physical and emotional abilities, adapting the environment, or changing the way you do everyday activities — so you can better cope with aging, disease, injury or illness. For example, they can:
Teach you how to use medical or adaptive equipment to overcome barriers and make life easier (for example: ergonomic tools, power wheelchairs, kitchen utensils)
Develop your skills to cope with anxiety, stress, decreased energy or the normal aging process
Develop your skills to handle problems with memory, attention, organization or perception
Problem solve with a patient to discover and teach new ways to perform household chores, hobbies or work activities
Occupational therapists ask their patients' what activities are most important to them in their particular situation. Then, they identify why some activities are difficult and work with the patient to find a solution- they are super problem solvers!
To schedule a visit with the PCN Occupational Therapist, a referral from an Alberta Heartland PCN family doctor is required. Talk to your family doctor or click here to see if your family doctor is a member.