Occupational Therapists (OT) practice in a wide variety of areas and with many health care teams. We are unique in that we encompass acute, outpatient, ambulatory and rehabilitation programs.
For example, TWH is well known for its Neuroscience and Hand Therapy programs; TGH is well known for its cardiac, transplant and mental health teams; and Toronto Rehab has a variety of rehab programs for patients and outpatients, including Brain and Spinal Cord, Geriatric, Musculoskeletal, Complex Continuing Care.
Many our programs offer similar services such as problem solving with clients to achieve goals; patient education; recommendation and practice of strategies and/or equipment for activities of daily living. Many of our practice areas focus on offering very specific services.
On the General Internal Medicine and General Surgery programs, OTs are involved in discharge planning and assessment of suitability to participate in rehabilitation.
Though all OTs address the psycho-social needs of patients on program, psycho-social assessment and coping with acute and chronic Illness are areas of focus on the Inpatient Mental Health, Inpatient Eating Disorders, Nephrology, Transplant, and Geriatric Psychiatry teams.
Many programs have OTs involved in the provision of seating and wheelchair prescription and wheelchair mobility such as the Intensive Care Unit, Complex Continuing Care and the Brain and Spinal Cord services.
OTs are integral to the practices in specialty clinics such as those for persons with spasticity (University Centre, Toronto Rehab), seating and wheelchair needs (Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto Rehab), augmentative communication (Lyndhurst and Bickel Centre) and hand therapy (TWH).