Senior Care in Burlington

What is Occupational Therapy for Senior Care?

Pillars of Wellness, located in Burlington, Aldershot, specializes in the use of occupational therapy as a treatment to empower seniors to overcome barriers and promote their own participation in daily activities/occupations.

Through empowerment, an individual can lead a more independent and productive life. An occupational therapist is focused on patient goals revolving around improving life skills and promoting engagement in activities that are meaningful to the person, ultimately leading to a better quality of life.

Within this process, occupational therapists consider the person’s environment (social support and physical), their abilities (cogitative, emotional function, and physical), and the activities or “occupations” that they choose to, or need to, perform (i.e. leisure-based activities, self-care). Our Occupational therapist can provide assistance with senior care in their home setting.

Benefits of Treatment with Occupational therapy

Integrating occupational therapy into senior care can have a number of benefits:

  • Increased independence and ease in daily living activities
  • Improved home safety, along with recommendations to further better it
  • Improved mobility and education about safety while moving
  • Relief from pain
  • Cognitive rehabilitation that assists with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care

What Conditions Can Occupational Therapy Help Treat in Senior Care?

There are many conditions specific to senior care that are treated with occupational therapy. These may include the following, as well as others not listed.
  • Mobility issues
  • 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)
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Senior Care at our Clinic in Burlington

At Pillars of Wellness, senior health is treated with occupational therapy to achieve a number of goals.

1 - Promote and Encourage Independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)

At our clinic in Burlington, occupational therapy for seniors focuses primarily on helping them overcome limitations so they can focus on what they’re still capable of doing, rather than what they cannot do. Below are some examples of how an occupational therapist may work with a senior to help them perform their daily routines:

  • Provide education on proper body mechanics, energy conservation, and sleep strategies
  • Teach alternate or modified ways of performing a meaningful activity or task so that there can be increased participation
  • Recommend equipment that will ease daily tasks and promote safety (i.e. use a stool during meal preparation, use of a bath seat while showering/bathing)
  • Adapt the environment for those with low vision (i.e. increase contrast of colours)
  • Help a person with low vision adapt to the environment (i.e. increase colour contrast etc.)
  • Establish routines for those with cognitive impairment such as poor memory and/or attention by using compensation strategies (i.e. establishing routines, use of a daytimer, reminders, to-do lists and technology such as tablets/computer/cell phones)
  • Promote engagement in social, leisure-based, and community events within their capabilities
  • 2 - Promote Home Safety and Recommend Modifications

    After assessing an individual’s environment, our occupational therapists can recommend ways to optimize the home for safety in daily life activities. This helps prevent falls/injuries and maintain independence. These include:

    • Home modifications, such as installing a ramp, porch lift, grab bar in the shower or beside the toilet, or the installation of an accessible kitchen etc.
    • Other assistive devices such as the use of a bath seat, a pillbox for medications, or the installation of an automatic shut-off stove.

    We can also assist with applying for the community- or provincial-based funding to be used for home modifications (i.e. Ontario March of Dimes).

    3 - Promote Safe Mobility and Optimal Positioning

    At Pillars of Wellness, our occupational therapists will assess mobility, which includes gait, balance, ability to transfer (i.e. on/off toilet or chair, in/out of the tub), as well as the ability to negotiate stairs. This helps them recommend certain pieces of equipment that can improve independence and safety in your home and community.

    At our clinic in Burlington, we have occupational therapists that are registered with the Assistive Device Program (ADP) with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and can assist with funding applications for mobility devices such as walkers, rollators, manual and power wheelchairs, and scooters.

    Occupational therapists can also provide education on skin protection and assess the need for an appropriate mattress and/or other surfaces (i.e. wheelchair cushions) to prevent and/or treat pressure sores and wounds.

    4 - Pain Management

    At Pillars of Wellness, our occupational therapists can develop a return-to-activity program that helps manage any pain. This program will work to gradually increase your tolerance for activity and develop a daily routine that may incorporate rest breaks.

    This can include education on energy conservation, task modification, and proper body mechanics. The use of assistive equipment and technology may also be recommended.

    Our occupational therapists are skilled at providing education on coping strategies that may include visual imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and mindfulness-based meditation. Other technology and/or modalities may also be used to treat pain, such as needleless MPS therapy (microcurrent point stimulation).

    5 - Cognitive Rehabilitation/Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Care

    At our Burlington clinic, our occupational therapists use cognitive assessments to determine your strengths and limitations and, from there, develop specialized treatment plans that include both remedial and compensatory strategies. We work with you, your family, and other members of your medical team to promote safety at home and in your community.

    Treatment approaches may include the following:

    • Providing training and strategies to improve/maintain independence with activities of daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating, shopping, housekeeping etc. These activities may be graded based on an individual’s capabilities in order to preserve their identity and to promote continued engagement and sense of self
    • Incorporating socially and physically stimulating activities into one’s daily activities
    • Developing leisure-based activity programs
    • Recommending electronic assistive equipment, adaptation, and technology to promote independence, reduce care costs, and allow you to remain safe within our home
    • Advising caregivers on supporting someone living with memory loss and other cognitive impairments
    • Assessing the home environment as well as making strategies to effectively compensate for impaired memory, learning, and reasoning skills
    • Helping reduce levels of stress experienced by people with dementia and their caregivers
    • Linking to community supports (i.e. meals on wheels, day programs, Alzheimer’s Society, connecting to wandering registry etc.)

    Why Choose Pillars of Wellness?

    At Pillars of Wellness, in Burlington, Ontario, we are proud to provide a truly integrated care approach that employs a variety of treatments to achieve faster recovery. Our clinic offers different services such as chiropractic, naturopathy, counselling, speech therapy, occupational therapy, yoga therapy, acupuncture, and holistic nutrition.

    With multiple diverse services and specialties in one place, you’ll get the best care possible — without having to look elsewhere. Pillars of Wellness is your one-stop-health solution, located right here in Burlington.

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