Eastern Health employs approximately 120 occupational therapists (OTs). OTs assist in developing and/or regaining skills important for independent functioning, health and well-being.
OTs work with individuals to help improve and/or maintain their ability to perform activities of daily living whether at home, at work and/or in the community. OTs' clients vary and may include people with mental disabilities, those who have experienced trauma, the elderly and many more.
OTs assist individuals and their families to adapt to disruptions in lifestyle by assessing and evaluating:
- Physical function, including musculoskeletal system, joint function and limitations
- Cognitive and psychosocial factors affecting daily activities
- Performance of basic activities of daily living (like dressing, bathing, and mobility) and community living skills (like shopping, cooking, and transportation)
- The patient’s environment at home, school, work, and community to identify facilitators and barriers to daily function, roles and responsibilities
- The need for adapted equipment, splints, and ergonomic modifications