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Occupational Therapy

Registered occupational therapists provide assessment, treatment, education and consultation to patients with physical, cognitive, mental health and environmental challenges related to their occupations focusing on client-centered care.

Challenges are often related to cardiorespiratory, medical, neurological, oncological and orthopaedic conditions. The goal is to assist patients to be as independent as possible in their occupation. The term occupation refers to whatever activity is important to the patient including: self-care, homemaking, pain management, avocational interests, seating and mobility.

Occupational therapists are governed by a regulating body known as the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). The provincial association is the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT). The national professional association is the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).

Occupational Therapy - Inpatients

As part of the multi-disciplinary team, inpatient occupational therapists work with patients and families to facilitate independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Interventions may include, but are not limited to safety assessments for discharge home, ADL retraining, family caregiver education and support, linkage to community resources and fabrication of splints. A reactivation group is held three times a week on the 12th and 17th levels to accommodate the needs of our patients. OT services are provided to the following units: ICU, Medicine, Cardiology, GI Surgery, Surgery, Sarcoma, Orthopaedics, ENT, Maternity, NICU and Level II Nursery and Emergency Dept.

How to Access Inpatient Occupational Therapy

To refer a patient for occupational therapy, a signed physician's order is required in the medical chart. Pager numbers and voice mail numbers for individual occupational therapists are posted on the unit(s) for which they provide service. Alternatively, call the Rehabilitation receptionist at extension 5035 to be connected to the appropriate therapist.