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Treatment Services

Occupational therapy involves looking at an individual’s entire life and seeing how it has been impacted by a serious injury, illness, or motor vehicle accident.

We find solutions for every aspect of their lives that have been impacted. We do this by capitalizing on a client’s existing strengths and skills, and helping them improve or adapt to any impairment.

This also means providing a hands on approach, creative solutions, education, support and encouragement that help clients rebuild their lives.

PiOT provides the following treatment services:

 


 

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation  

This treatment addresses the functional, behavioural, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial and/or personality changes associated with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Treatment focuses on enhancing the individual’s recovery.

This is achieved through working on restoring lost functional abilities through the use of adaptive devices and/or education.

It also involves individualized training on remedial and/or compensatory strategies to enhance functional independence.

Individualized Home-Based Occupational Therapy Intervention  

Individualized goals that are important and meaningful to the client are established in conjunction with the occupational therapist.

Treatment is carried out in the individual’s day-to-day environment. This allows the occupational therapist to observe the individual in their direct surroundings and make client-centered recommendations such as trialling of various strategies, assistive devices or task/environmental modifications.

Assistive Devices and Technology Training  

Assistive technology is any device or product that enables enhanced functioning and participation in day-to-day life (e.g., iPad).

Occupational therapists are experienced in selecting, training and using various devices to achieve this goal. For example, assistive technology can help to improve communication and enhance cognitive function in day-to-day life.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Programs  

Treatment focuses on identifying an individual’s cognitive strengths and challenges and developing awareness of functional difficulties.

It involves helping individuals to relearn how to do certain activities (remediate) or to determine new ways of accomplishing them (compensatory strategies).

Community & Social Re-integration  

Social re-integration focuses on enhancing an individual’s social participation.

Community re-integration focuses on improving community mobility and accessibility by connecting individuals to specialized transportation services, making recommendations for assistive devices and providing education and training on safe and effective community re- integration.

This treatment takes place in real-life settings such as the grocery store, community center, bus/train, workplace, etc. Treatment may involve learning specific strategies to enhance socialization, exploring interest groups or volunteer pursuits, or exploring and linking with resources, activities and supports in the individual’s own community.

The occupational therapist may collaborate with other rehabilitation service providers on the team, such as rehabilitation support workers or personal support workers, to facilitate the individual’s community and social re-integration.

Support Return to Work/School Programs  

This treatment involves collaboration with an individual’s employer/teacher and other team members to identify barriers with regards to return to work or school and to develop a plan of action to eliminate or reduce such barriers and support successful return to work/school.

This may involve establishing a return to work/school plan including modified duties and/or hours. It may also provide recommendations for assistive devices or modifications to the work or school environment.

The goal of this treatment is to enable the individual to return to performing work or school duties safely and as effectively as possible.

Functional Restoration Programs  

The primary goal of this treatment is for individuals to return to their meaningful daily activities as identified by the individual.

The occupational therapist uses real-life or simulated tasks, a progressively graded conditioning exercise program, and coaching on various strategies such as pain management and energy conservation techniques.

This treatment may involve a multidisciplinary approach, involving several different providers working together, supporting and encouraging the client towards a common goal.

Home Modifications & Accessibility  

Our occupational therapists are trained in assessing an individual’s function in their home environment and making recommendations to improve accessibility, function and safety.

Our occupational therapists can link individuals with expert consultants in the area of design and implementation of barrier-free solutions and work together to facilitate implementation of recommended modifications as well as assist with applications for funding assistance when available.

Personal Care Retraining  

This treatment focuses on enhancing an individual’s ability to carry out their personal care tasks within the individual’s current abilities and tolerances.

The occupational therapist may recommend assistive devices, task or environmental modifications, and provide education on various strategies such as, but not limited to, energy conservation, pain management and proper body mechanics.

Practical Pain Management and Education Programs (PGAP)  

This treatment focuses on optimizing function in day-to-day life through providing education and training on pain prevention and pain self-management skills.

This may include an ergonomic assessment, education on pacing and proper body mechanics and training on relaxation and sleep facilitation techniques.

Our occupational therapists are knowledgeable about pain management programs and support groups available and are trained in administering programs that focus on disability reduction, such as the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP).

Driver’s Rehabilitation Treatment  

Following the assessment, feedback is given and recommendations are made with respect to suitability for the participation in driver training sessions in order to meet Ministry of Transportation standards. The training program is overseen by the occupational therapist.

Typically, sessions take place twice a week, taking place in a variety of conditions (day, night, traffic, inclement weather). Upon completion of the recommended driver training sessions, the occupational therapist and the driving instructor will evaluate the progress made by the client to determine if treatment goals have been met, or if additional training is required.

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