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Learn about your benefits: What is occupational therapy?

Nov 16, 2021

Categories: Employee Benefits, News

Occupational therapy is a regulated medical profession that uses training and expertise to help individuals maintain participation in or return to meaningful activities in their life.

Plan members can see occupational therapists to help with developing full participation in daily tasks, leisure activities, and hobbies, and for returning to the workplace after an injury. Occupational therapists may work in hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, recreation centres, vocational programs, or long-term care facilities. These professionals are trained to assess an individual’s physical and mental fitness to help solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them. 

Occupational therapists understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psychosocial factors that affect the functioning of the whole person. To enhance health and wellness, occupational therapists can assess the setup, materials, and tools used in your home, workplace, or any other environment. Based on this assessment, they may recommend adapting the tools you use or implementing new ones. For example, grab bars in the shower to promote safety or raising your desk at work for proper ergonomic setup.

The Extended Health Care Plan provides plan members and their eligible dependents with up to $400 of coverage per person per calendar year. 

Occupational therapy was crucial for plan member in her journey to recover. Read Gwen’s story here.

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