Occupational Therapists work with people of any age who are having problems with doing the activities that are important to them. This may be because of changes in their abilities resulting from an illness, an accident, a developmental problem, or the aging process.
Occupational Therapists work with other members of the health care team to develop plans to meet the needs of individual patients and clients and their families. They also work on preventing injuries and helping individuals to maintain their health and their ability to carry out the activities they require for daily living. Patients or clients may be unable to work or enjoy leisure activities, and an occupational therapist can also assist them to take part in those areas of their life.
There is an Occupational Therapist based at the Cypress Regional Hospital, and a Community Occupational Therapist that visits the rural acute hospitals on a rotating basis. The primary focus in acute care is preparing patients for a safe and successful return to home after a hospitalization.
There is an Occupational Therapist based out of the Home Care Program in Swift Current, and the Community Occupational Therapist will also do home visits when necessary. The primary focus of occupational therapy in Home Care is to ensure that home environments are safe, and clients have the equipment and knowledge necessary to carry out their daily activities as independently as possible.
Occupational Therapists will have patients come in to see them as an outpatient when treating hand injuries, or when providing other rehabilitation that is best supported in an outpatient environment; this also encourages individuals to get out into their community.
Long Term Care:
Occupational Therapists provide consultation to all 12 of the Cypress Health Region’s Long Term Care facilities. This often involves recommendations for proper positioning (example: ordering wheelchairs or special cushions to put in chairs), or recommending other equipment that will assist residents to continue to be as independent as possible.