Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client-centered profession that engages people across the lifespan to gain independence, meaning and satisfaction by participating in activities they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of activities of daily living such as self-care skills, leisure and productivity.
OTs are regulated health professionals who graduate from an accredited university program with a baccalaureate or a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. OTs are registered members of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and adhere to the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTAs) are non-registered healthcare providers who provide therapeutic intervention under the direction of an OT.
Across Niagara Health, OTs/OTAs work within a multidisciplinary setting and focus on client-centred goals in order to facilitate a safe discharge plan. OTs at Niagara Health provide service in a variety of settings within the system, assessing and treating a myriad of physical, cognitive, perceptual and psychosocial issues.