PiOT Delivers with Help for Seniors
Helping Seniors Stay At Home
We appreciate the right to live with dignity and respect, the desire to live independently, and remain safely at home for as long as possible. Whether your “home” is a house, condo, and apartment or vacation property we’re here to guide and support you.
At PiOT Services our goal is to help our clients stay in their homes longer by providing a wide variety of services including plans and programs such as the following:
- Changes to your home to improve safety and accessibility
- How to assess your mobility requirements: Do you need a scooter, cane or walker? Learn how to choose what equipment to buy and when to buy it.
- Medication Management and Training for Prescriptions, Over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
- Falls Prevention Education and Treatment.
- How can you improve the quality of your sleep? Get tips and techniques tailored for you.
- Customized home exercise/activity programs that are realistic.
- Coordinating and connecting you or on behalf of you with health community programs and services.
- “How to” help to apply for funding to cover home modifications, equipment and more. Tips for healthy living, How to care for your hands and feet. Do you need an in-home nurse to care for your feet?
- Dementia Challenges – how to help your loved one and what other services you may need.
- Driving Rehabilitation Program to determine if you are safe with driving and if you need strategies to improve safety.
- What types of professionals should you engage for your health e.g. nutritionist, nursing, other medical specialists.
This treatment is recommended when it has been determined that the home environment is creating difficulties with accessibility.
Your Occupational Therapist will make recommendations for modifications to your home. Modifications may be small, such as putting coloured tape on steps as a visual aid, or rearranging furniture to increase safety for walking with a mobility device.
Other modifications may be more extensive renovations, such as installing stair lifts, ramps or elevators, or retrofitting the home. Our team is well trained in the principles of universal design to make the home as safe and accessible as possible.
We can complete funding applications when necessary to assist you and your family to fund part of, or the entire cost of these modifications.
We can also help you to get quotations for these home modifications and help you to find a contractor.
Your OT can help the individual work with vendors and equipment agencies to recommend and order the appropriate equipment for all areas of the home.
Equipment may include mobility devices including canes, walkers, wheelchairs (manual and power), and scooters.
Assistive/safety devices including grab bars, bath seats, transfer benches, modified utensils, and other devices that the individual would find useful for their day to day activities such as light switches, reaching aids etc.
The OT will train you on how to use each device and observe you using them to ensure that you are safe, and comfortable using them.
The average senior in Ontario takes multiple prescription medications.
Managing these medications accurately and understanding why they are taking them can be quite a challenge, especially if your loved one has difficulty with vision, memory or hand functioning. Your Occupational Therapist will provide recommendations, teach strategies and help the individual manage their medications.
Working with your pharmacist (and we recommend using only one pharmacy), they will review the medications and provide education on various drugs or drug interaction that may have undesirable side effects, or cause other symptoms. They can also help you to stay organized with your medication by putting them into a blister pack making it easier to ensure that you take your medications at the right time.
Over the counter drugs, remedies such as herbs and supplements are part of the medication assessment – and – it’s not drugs prescribed by your GP but all physicians.
We can also accompany you to appointments with your family doctor or specialist to discuss any concerns and ensure that the doctor is aware of any issues concerning medications.
A major concern among seniors is that they may fall or they may be fearful of falling, and as a result, they decrease their own mobility and participation in activities to avoid these risks.
Our program will increase your confidence through education, equipment, strategies and training to decrease their risk of falls and near misses, both indoor and outdoor.
We can arrange and educate you on how to best use the fall prevention items i.e. watch, pendent) that you wear or a Life line/Medical Alert system that you use in your home. We can help determine what services and equipment to choose Life Line/Medical Alert Systems. We can help you to set up these services if required.
We cannot underestimate the importance of sleep. Sleep impairments have a negative impact on overall health and can be the cause of other health issues. Your OT would work with you to develop healthy sleep hygiene routines and habits. Training will be provided and reinforcements put in place to help to develop these routines to improve the quality of sleep.
Other interventions may involve assessment of your mattress, pillow and body positions of sleep. The OT may recommend a different mattress or pillow to promote more comfortable bed positioning, ensuring comfort and preventing bed sores, and education on optimal night time routine for a more restful and peaceful sleep.
Regular engagement in exercise is essential to maintaining muscular strength and endurance as well as reducing pain. Seniors engaging in such activities will less likely experience near misses and falls, that might lead to injury and multiple hospitalizations.
Your OT will guide you to learn how to improve and maintain your muscular strength and endurance, while still engaging in your daily meaningful activities.
Coordinating and connecting with health community programs and services
Navigating the complicated healthcare system can be challenging and confusing. The OT will work as a case manager with the individual, families, and their healthcare team (family doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, nurses, etc.) to coordinate healthcare services.
As well, there are a number of community resources with which the OT can link the individual, for example, to increase their social circle and prevent isolation, or finding a service to assist with housekeeping. The OT has the experience to match the individual with the appropriate services.
We have the experience to connect individuals with a wide variety of funding agencies to help cover the costs for assistive equipment and modifications. The OT can assist with determining eligibility for funding as well as completing applications for funding to agencies that include ADP, March of Dimes, ALS society, MS society, ODSP, CPP disability benefits, etc.
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The goal of the Driver Rehabilitation Program is to determine whether physical, cognitive and/or psychological sequelae are impacting on a client’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. This determination is made based on a comprehensive assessment which includes a clinical interview as well as an on road evaluation. The assessment takes place at the client’s home in order to alleviate anxiety associated with driving to our office and is conducted by both the Occupational Therapist and Licensed Driving Instructor. Following the assessment, recommendations are made with respect to continued licensing and/or suitability for participation in driver training sessions in order to meet MTO standards.
The program addresses pedestrian, passenger and driver anxiety. CBT sessions are offered to support the on road sessions for clients with acute anxiety. All clients referred to the program need to have a valid license. The Driver Rehabilitation Program also encompasses vehicle modification assessments.
Learn how PiOT Services and our experienced Occupational Therapists can help you stay in your home longer.