We commonly think of occupation as work, but life’s occupation is not confined to the workplace.
“Occupation” in occupational therapy (OT) is not exclusive to work. It refers to all of things that you do in life, what “occupies” your life, at home, at work, at school, and in your community.
Occupational therapists are health care professionals who address function in daily life, at all stages of an illness, injury, aging process or disability. We work with individuals to develop skills and use strategies needed to function independently in their life roles and responsibilities in real time, in daily life.
Our treatments address physical, mental and emotional health conditions and symptoms that impact daily tasks – taking care of yourself, others, your home, interactions in the community, working, studying, and in leisure pursuits.
We also assess the environments where people live/work/play in to apply adaptations that reduce barriers to enable participation in these environments.
Our role is to teach new skills, and create solutions for equipment and/or environmental adaptations that are needed to help you to continue to set and achieve your goals, today and in the future.
Our model of practice:
The Canadian Model of Occupational Performance and Engagement guides occupational therapists to consider the dynamic relationship between an individual’s physical, cognitive, and psychological status, their physical, cultural and social environment, and their functioning in normal life (CAOT, 1997, 2007).