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Get To Know Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists are the primary providers of occupational therapy. They are also called OTs.

Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement 

Occupational Therapy Makes Your Everyday Possible

Occupational therapy is a type of health care that helps prevent and solve your problems in everyday life. Things that interfere with your ability to:

  • Take care of yourself - get dressed, eat, or move around the house.

  • Be productive - go to work or school, do things you like to do in your community.

  • Enjoy your leisure time - sports, gardening, or social activities.

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How Occupational Therapy Work For You

  • Listen to you, your family, and caregivers. OTs get a holistic view of your needs and connect you with relevant resources and supports in your community.

  • Assess your environment and evaluate your abilities. OTs show you how to make small, simple changes to improve your daily life.

  • Suggest changes to your physical surroundings. OTs help you make changes to your home, workplace, classroom - even your car - that make your daily activities easy and safe.

  • Provide you with personalized strategies. OTs address the whole person - your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

  • Whether it’s walking the dog, preparing a meal, going to work or school, visiting the grandchildren, or doing laundry, occupational therapy can help. OTs work with you and your family to create solutions that help you overcome your unique challenges. Your difficulties might arise from injury, illness, disability, mental health issues, social factors, or the aging process. 

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How do you pay for occupational therapy?

  • Your provincial health insurance plan may provide access to occupational therapy in:

    • hospitals

    • community health centres

    • rehabilitation centres

    • home care programs

  • Federal government benefits may be available to those covered through the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs, Corrections Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada. If not, ask for it!

  • Indigenous families may be able to request funding for therapeutic services in occupational therapy under Jordan’s principle.

  • Ask your local community organizations, churches, service groups or unions if they support private occupational therapy services.

  • Extended health insurance plans or employee assistance programs may include occupational therapy services as a benefit.

  • Some long-term disability insurance plans include occupational therapy services.

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ICBC 

  • ​If you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, and you have not fully recovered from your MVA-related injury. Ask for Occupational Therapy (OT) for your ICBC claim, our OT will help you get back to your regular life such as:

* Preparing you and your home for your discharge from hospital. 

* Restoring basic activities, like bathing, dressing, grooming and personal hygiene. 

* Getting you back to activities like home making, finances, meal planning, community access. 

* Leisure, recreation, and sports. 

* Getting back to school or work. 

* Return to driving and etc. 

  • Occupational therapy is FULLY covered and NO user-fees if you are approved by ICBC. How does it work?

* You will first need a referral or doctor's note from your family doctor or a general physician for OT treatments for your MVA-related injury.

* Contact us, and our referral team will help you through the process.  

* If ICBC has already approved funding for Occupational Therapy for you, simply email us the written authorization, and we will get you started right away.

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