Benefits of Occupational Therapy
For decades, occupational therapy has been a vital profession within healthcare that supports the long-term health, quality of life and the productivity of British Columbians. Since first introducing guidelines for client-centred practice with the Department of National Health and Welfare in the 1980s, the practice has continually proven to be successful – so much so, that most health agencies, advocates and academic are calling for more movement toward the client-centred practice in order to improve outcomes and reduce unnecessary expenditures.
Occupational therapists work with patients with a wide variety of physical, mental and cognitive conditions which are often chronic in nature, and require ongoing care. By looking at the environment, necessary tasks, skills, as well as educating the client/family, OT's work to increase participation in, and performance of, daily activities. Here are some ways we do that: