Rehabilitation and Continuing Care
This area of occupational therapy practice encompasses a wide range of adult hospital-based services with a rehabilitative focus, as well as services for individuals who are awaiting long-term care placement or receiving comfort care.
Occupational therapists work in various inpatient units or in outpatient clinics in hospitals or rehabilitation centres across the province, where the primary focus is physical medicine (such as neurological or orthopedic care). Occupational therapists work in a client-centred way to assist individuals to function at their optimal level of independence and to maintain their quality of life. Therapists work closely with the client, their family and other team members to address issues in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure.
Assessing Homes & Communities
The client’s home and community environments are assessed and accessibility needs are addressed. Caregiver education and equipment prescription are integral parts of the occupational therapists’ role. Specialized services, such as the Adult Postural Seating Clinic and Driving Assessment Services are located at the L.A. Miller Centre (St. John’s, NL).