What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work, and leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and prevent disability. Occupational therapy gives people the "Skills for the Job of Living" necessary for living meaningful and satisfying lives.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Occupational Therapists work with people with varying physical or mental conditions to enable them to maximize their skills and improve their quality of life. Occupational Therapists evaluate the person, environment and the activity. Interventions may include adaptation of tasks or lifestyle, environmental modifications, possible use of assistive devices or teaching new skills.
Who Can Access Occupational Therapy services?
Anyone who feels they may benefit from Occupational Therapy services is able to refer themselves and an appointment will be arranged as appropriate. Your physician may also recommend you to see an Occupational Therapist.
You may see an Occupational Therapist for:
A disability or injury to assist in recovery or to learn the skills to adapt so you can continue to participate in meaningful activities.
A condition such as Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, depression, Cerebrovascular accident (CVA), generalized weakness, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or Parkinson’s disease. Occupational Therapists can evaluate clients' abilities to evaluate their level of independence, cognition and safety, and provide intervention to maximize independence and function.
Hand therapy which is a specialty practice area of Occupational Therapy that is concerned with treating upper extremity injuries or conditions.
Specialty equipment. An Occupational Therapist can order and fit necessary equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and other aids to daily living.
Assessment and treatment for varying conditions while you are a client in the hospital or long-term care facility.
An infant or preschool child who has developmental delays or conditions that may interfere with meeting milestones. School-aged children are usually seen by a therapist in the school system.
Home assessment to evaluate safety or accessibility..
For more information or to be seen by an Occupational Therapist in your area call:
780-871-7918 (Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre)
306-820-6060 (Prairie North
Plaza) – pediatric referrals only
306-446-6400 (Primary Health Centre)
306-446-5888 (Pediatric Therapies, Don Ross Centre)
306-236-1550 (Meadow Lake Hospital Therapies)
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
SaskatchewanSociety of Occupational Therapists
Alberta College of Occupational Therapy www.acot.ca