The Chipperfield Physiotherapy mobile Team is proud to have Occupational Therapist Morag Crocker as part of our team. Occupational Therapists work closely with clients to make alterations or adjustments in the processes of daily living, helping clients achieve independence following a physical impairment from injury or illness. This can include adaptations in the home or work environment that will help clients gain functionality and improve their ability to carry out daily life and work activities. Some examples of this include:
Self-care – getting dressed, eating, and moving around the house
Being productive – going to work or school, participating in the community
Leisure activities – sports, gardening, and social activities
Occupational Therapists (often called OTs), are university educated professionals with extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They are trained to understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psycho-social factors that affect the functioning of the whole person.
Because Occupational Therapy includes assessing a client’s typical environment, having the therapist visit your home or workplace can speed the process of regaining independence in every day activities. Our Occupational Therapist is licensed and insured, with a wide variety of experience in both the public and private health care system.
Occupational Therapy Solutions and Techniques
Occupational therapy solutions vary based on individual patient needs – your therapist will work with you to understand your needs and implement a functional plan. Initial Occupational Therapy appointments with Chipperfield Physiotherapy are approximately 60 minutes and generally include:
Assessment – Gathering information on your medical condition and prognosis, understanding patient background as it relates to your condition, and hands-on analysis. Physical assessment may include range of motion, basic strength, weight transfers. Other factors such as continence, skin integrity issues, cognition are assessed.
On-Site Evaluation – Specific to your condition and home or work environment. May include reviewing the physical environment together, how you access your environment and complete daily activities, and how equipment or home modifications could make the environment safer and more accessible.
Equipment Fitting, Recommendation, and Procurement – Home safety equipment or wheel chair fittings often include taking client measurements to ensure correct fit. Based on your specific needs, your therapist provides recommendations to equipment vendors for correct fit and function. A follow up appointment is scheduled to test and/or install selected equipment with the client. Optionally your Occupational Therapist can continue to work with the vendor on your behalf or you can move forward with the vendor independently.
Client Education – Educating you, the client, on solutions that fulfill your daily living goals while managing an injury or disability is a top priority. We work with clients pre-surgery (such as joint replacement) to plan for post-surgery adaptations. This may include equipment recommendations or general discussion on how to manage after surgery. We provide further education and support post-surgery (or post-injury).
Follow Up – Based on client preference and recommendations of your therapist, a follow up appointment will be booked. The number of follow up appointments will vary in frequency depending on client needs, from a single follow up appointment to initiate a wheelchair seating trial or install equipment, to multiple follow-up appointments for more complex situations. Follow-up can also include the preparation of justification letters to obtain equipment from third party payers, such as through Veterans Affairs or extended health care benefits.