Occupational therapy focuses on helping people who have difficulty carrying out everyday activities, due to physical, mental or developmental difficulties and encompasses all areas of an individual's life such as taking care of oneself, work-related activities and leisure. Occupational therapists work with clients to promote independence, meaning and satisfaction in their lives. This can be achieved through teaching new skills and activities, providing adaptive aids and modifying environments.
Occupational therapy services are provided to acute care in-patients, long-term care residents, community based clients and outpatients. Partners include Community Supports Program, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing, Special Assistance and Equipment Program, other provincial health authorities etc. Occupational Therapists work as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team which includes physicians, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists, nursing, social work, clinical nutrition and pharmacy to provide client centered care to the people served by Central Health.
The occupational therapists are located at the regional referral sites of James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre and Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre. Consultative services are provided to all long term care sites through visiting clinics; three community therapists provide services to clients in their homes to assess function and provide interventions to promote independence, functioning and safety in the home environment.
Gander - 256-5496
Grand Falls-Windsor - 292-2242