Occupational Therapy was developed to help people do the things they want and need to do. If any of these activities are difficult, the Occupational Therapist, or OT, is available to work with you Monday to Friday, on the Inpatient or Outpatient Unit. Ask your nurse to let the OT know that you would like an appointment.
Some of the things the OT can help you with are:
Basic Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) – If pain, stiffness or low energy makes it hard to do things like get dressed or get up from the toilet, the OT can help you find ways to make these things easier and safer.
Energy Management – If feeling tired is affecting your life, the OT can talk with you about ways to manage your energy effectively and to balance doing what you have to and getting the rest you need.
Wheelchairs – If walking is unsafe or tires you out, the OT can arrange a wheelchair that will let you get where you are going safely and comfortably.
Seating – If you are not comfortable in a chair because you have back pain or fragile skin or because the chair is too hard or just the wrong size, the OT has some options that might help.
Relaxation – The OT can help you to retrain your body to relax. This might help you sleep better and have less pain and nausea.
Leisure Program – Even in hospital it is important to do things you enjoy, not just to keep from being bored but because feeling more positive helps both your mind and your body. There is a range of activities available on the ward. For example, on the walls you will see lots of colourful tiles that our patients have painted. You are welcome to put your mark on the ward too.