In recognition of Occupational Therapy (OT) month (October), our clinic OT, Leanne, has put together a few frequently asked questions about this field as well as the role of the OT in a Family Health Team!
Occupational therapy (OT) enables individuals to develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when their abilities have been impacted by illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, the impacts of getting older or other health factors.
What is the role of an Occupational Therapist (OT) at the Burlington Family Health Team?
- Support individuals in function/ability to live independently or with minimal assistance in their home and prevent injuries and complications.
- Falls prevention which is an assessment of individuals who are at risk of falling or who have fallen and would like to be assessed for further treatment
- Home safety assessments of home environment and/or equipment needs
- Cognitive assessments to screen for cognitive impairment
- Liaison to other community services within Burlington area
Are there any programs that are run by the OT that patients can participate in?
We have several programs that patients can participate in; they include:
Aging at Home, Better Living for Your Brain, and Boosting Balance and Bone Health.
Click here to learn more about these programs.
How can I be referred for OT services at the Burlington Family Health Team?
If you feel you would benefit from seeing the OT, you can be referred through your physician or allied health within the team.. just ask!