People who have trouble participating in day-to-day activities often benefit from occupational therapy.

These activities include what we do everyday, i.e., self-care, leisure, education, home management, volunteering and work. You may have difficulty participating in activities due to an illness or disability, or due to the social, institutional or physical environment.

When you see an occupational therapist, he or she will assess and evaluate your ‘occupational performance’. This means your ability to choose, organize, and effectively and safely perform everyday activities.

Following this, together you and your OT develop a plan to improve, maintain, or restore your occupational performance and your health. The treatment/intervention plan may include:

  • training, education and counselling;
  • obtaining aids and specialized equipment (e.g. wheelchair); and/or
  • evaluating and modifying the home, school or work environments.

In addition to direct care to individuals of all ages, occupational therapists may also work with groups and communities assuming the role of researcher, educator, manager, consultant, advocate and/or program planner.

Places OTs Work

Occupational therapists may provide services where clients live, play or work. In B.C. they can work in the public and/or private sectors. Settings may include hospitals, schools, residential care facilities, community care, child development centres, mental health facilities, clinics, employment and training centres, and private clinics or offices.

Some occupational therapy services may require a fee. If in doubt, ask your OT what is included, or not, in the services you are to receive.