Occupational therapists work with adults and older adults to enable their ability to participate independently in their meaningful occupations. Participation in meaningful activity and occupation brings meaning and purpose to one’s life. The occupational therapist’s role is to evaluate the client in their natural environment, understand their daily activities, occupations and roles and create a treatment plan that will allow the individual to fully contribute and participate in their daily life, within their environment.
The occupational therapist’s objective is to provide recommendations that will allow the adult and older adult to return to their previously enjoyed activities and occupations and be able to perform these to their level of satisfaction in their chosen environment.
The occupational therapist may work with clients who have sustained injuries or have been diagnosed with an illness including (but not limited to):
- Acquired/Traumatic brain injuries (ABI/TBI)
- Arthritis/joint pain
- Cardiac and pulmonary disease
- Cerebrovascular accident (CVA/ stroke)
- Chronic pain management
- Cognitive impairment
- Degenerative disease of the central nervous system (ex.: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease)
- Dementia and memory loss
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Oncology (Cancer, clients in remission, palliative)
- Special needs of older adults (age-related changes, memory loss, fall prevention strategies)
The occupational therapist takes a holistic approach to evaluate the person’s ability to complete their functional activities based on their physical strengths, abilities and limitations, their cognitive abilities and the environment in which the person’s occupations and activities are held. The aim of the occupational therapist is to identify the activities that are considered to be the right fit between the client’s abilities, their functional goals and barriers, as well as to provide a treatment plan that will optimize their ability to fully participate and engage in their activities of daily living.
Engaging, empowering and enabling adults to participate in their daily life is our priority!