Pillars of Wellness

Occupational Therapy in Burlington – Aldershot

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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy at our Burlington-based clinic can help restore your quality of life and independence through rehabilitation and therapy. Our work supports you as you re-engage with everyday activities, like self-care (personal hygiene), productivity (going to work and school), and leisure activities. Occupational therapy can also prevent future problems and minimize their effects.

Occupational therapists are trained to understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psychosocial factors that affect the entire person — their health and wellness.

What Personal Goals Can Occupational Therapy Help Achieve?

Our occupational therapist expert, Lori Desjardine, can help you:

  • Regain the ability to engage in everyday activities
  • Make immediate and long-term differences to your daily quality of life
  • Treat chronic pain and other conditions
  • Use preventive or corrective actions to lead a more satisfying life

What to Expect on Your First Visit

During your first visit with our Burlington Occupational Therapist (OT), we’ll assess your symptoms, functional challenges, and goals. Our team will also review your current physical limitations and any barriers that may influence them. Depending on your situation, the assessment itself may look at:

  • Physical strength, range of motion, and tolerances
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Perceptual skills
  • Functional abilities in areas of self care, mobility, home management, and other day-to-day tasks
  • Vocational or school based abilities
  • Environmental factors and accessibility
  • Social support systems

Following the initial assessment, your OT will, together with you, develop a treatment plan geared towards meaningful activities while remaining relevant to your goals. The frequency and duration of the sessions will vary depending on your symptoms and goals.

We don’t believe in “cookie-cutter” approaches. Each client at Pillars of Wellness is unique, and that’s why we aim to take the time and effort to get to know you and what you’re going through — helping you feel better while receiving the most effective treatment possible.

We can provide treatment in clinic, at home, in the workplace, in hospital, and within other institutions anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton-Niagara region, and surrounding areas. Services can also be provided on a short-term or consultative basis.

What Conditions Can Occupational Therapy Help Treat?

Occupational therapy can help manage and treat conditions such as:

  • Work-related injuries
  • Upper extremity / hand traumas
  • Head trauma / concussions
  • Mental health challenges
  • Neurological conditions / Stroke
  • Spinal Cord injuries
  • Chronic Pain conditions
  • Progressive conditions (Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis)

Occupational therapy can be an effective part of treatment when considered alongside medication and other types of therapy.

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What Type of Assessment Occupational Therapists Can Provide?

Occupational Therapist provide various assessments to help examine ones overall level of function and/or dysfunction in areas related to cognition, physical health, mental health, and environmental challenges. These more formal assessments are what helps to guide future therapy, in additional to the unique client goals. Assessment are completed based on individual client needs as well as for any third party requests.

  • Hospital Discharge Planning and Assessment
  • Attendant Care Assessments with the completion of Form 1
  • In-Home Safety and Accessibility Assessments
  • Comprehensive Cognitive Assessments
  • Senior Home Safety and Cognitive Abilities Assessment
  • Ergonomic and Jobsite Assessment
  • Physical / Cognitive Demands Analysis
  • Assistive Device Program Assessment
  • Home Modifications and Universal Design

What Kind of Modalities Are Used With Occupational Therapy?

We use any or a combination of the following methods to guide you back to a life of engagement and independence.

  • Activities of daily living re-training
  • Cognitive remediation and compensatory training
  • Post-concussive treatment
  • Assistive technology training
  • Mindfulness-based meditation
  • HeartMath intervention
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • School reintegration
  • Ergonomic work site evaluations

  • Chronic pain management
  • Progressive goal attainment program
  • Micro point stimulation
  • Upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Prescription of mobility aids
  • Home modification and accessibility
  • Return-to-work planning
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Before Your Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

1How long will my appointment be?

Generally the first session will range between 60-90 minutes depending on the complexity of the issues being addressed.

2How many appointments will I need to improve my abilities?

It is difficult to provide specific guidelines related to numbers of sessions given that each person is unique in their needs and goals. The initial assessment is collaborative in nature and the frequency / duration of subsequent sessions will be discussed at that time and together we will plan for the next steps. Follow-up sessions can look very different depending on the needs. Sessions may occur at the clinic, in the client’s home, in the community or even at the workplace. Therapy has to be relevant and catered to each individual client.

3What is the reasoning behind the plan or approach?

Occupational Therapist focus their treatment around each client's unique goals. We frame your rehabilitation journey from two perspectives - compensation and remediation. We look to find ways to compensate for your challenges right away to help improve your level of function and independence, while at the same time we look to develop treatment strategies to help remediate, or improve your current situation. The overall goal is to return your to your optimum level of functioning. While working on “you” in therapy we also need to consider all the factors that are impacting on you - including your environment and the external world. When we put all of this together, we are able to build a very comprehensive treatment plan to get you to where you want to be!

4What kind of results have you achieved in similar situations?

No two situations are unique, however the most successful rehabilitation stories occur when the therapist and the client have a clear understanding of the problems and processes, and are working collaboratively towards the same outcomes. Open communication and trust are important in the therapeutic relationship. Everyone has the ability to adapt, change and improve, but often we need the right support to get us there!

5What other healthcare professionals could be involved?

Occupational Therapists work closely with many health care providers (ie. physiotherapy, speech therapy, social workers and many others) and complement the work of many of them. With good communication between providers, the integration of other relevant therapies can help to speed your healing / recovery process. Always be sure to let your therapist know what practitioners are involved in your care so there is no duplication in services and to ensure they are all working towards the same goals.

Please contact us at Pillars of Wellness to see how we can best support your Occupational Therapy needs and aid in your recovery. While we provide this service in our clinic in Aldershot, Burlington. We also treat in-home, at the workplace, in hospital or within the community and serve the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Hamilton-Niagara and surrounding areas. Services may be provided outside of these areas on a short-term or consultative basis. Our Occupational Therapy in Burlington Ontario is very well-known and very thorough.

Occupational Therapy (private) Prices

Free 15 min consultation

Occupational Therapy Assessment (60 min) = $125

Follow-up treatment (60 min) = $125

MPS Treatment (60 min) = $100

MPS Treatment (30 min) = $50

Payment options

Auto Insurance: If you have an illness or injury from a motor vehicle accident, health services may be covered under your auto insurance plan.

Extended Health Benefits: If you are receiving long-term disability income from an insurance program, your program may cover various health services, or you might have a work benefits package which covers a portion of the health services.

Veterans Affairs: If you are a Canadian armed forces veteran, the Department of Veteran Affairs may cover health services.

Private Services: At Pillars of Wellness we offer competitive rates within the standards of our regulatory colleges. We accept payment through cash, credit or debit. Please contact us for more details related to service fees