Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client-centered health care profession that helps people across the lifespan solve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are most important to them.
Occupational Therapists focus on Activity of Daily Living (ADL) goals using therapeutic activity to address:
Self-Care: getting dressed, eating, moving around
Productivity: going to work/school, participating in the community
Leisure: sports, gardening, social activities
OTs are Regulated Health Professionals (RHP) who graduate from an accredited university program with a baccalaureate or master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. OTs are registered members of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (www.coto.org) and adhere to the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTA) are non-registered healthcare support personnel who provide therapeutic intervention under the direction of an OT.
Across Niagara Health, OTs/OTAs work in a variety of inter professional settings with a focus on supporting all individuals with a safe discharge back into the community. OTs provide client centred assessment and treatment addressing a variety of: physical, cognitive, perceptual and mental health challenges. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the National and Provincial OT websites to learn more about our profession at www.osot.on.ca and www.caot.ca