Occupational Therapy

Our services are provided in the community: in client homes, hospitals, long-term care facilities, at the workplace, and in school settings. We serve greater HRM and select communities throughout Nova Scotia including Pictou, Truro, Liverpool, and Bridgewater. We will also travel to other areas in Nova Scotia by request.

 Examples of community occupational therapy services offered:

  • Ergonomic and Worksite Assessments
  • Home Safety and Fall Assessments
  • Return to Work Planning
  • Wheelchair and Power Mobility Assessments
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management
  • Discharge from Hospital Planning
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • Skin and Wound Care Assessments
  • Chronic Pain Management

Ergonomic and Worksite Assessments:  Includes home and school ergonomic evaluations

Home Safety and Fall Assessments:  Includes equipment prescription, home and vehicle modifications (e.g. senior citizens living at home or in facilities)

Return to Work Planning:  Includes assessment, coaching, and support for physical, cognitive and mental health injuries and conditions (e.g. PTSD, Depression, Anxiety)

Wheelchair and Power Mobility Assessments:  Includes power/electric wheelchairs, standard and tilt manual wheelchairs, scooters and walkers and provision of insurance funding letters for equipment

Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Management:  Includes graduated return to work, job site visits, and job demands analysis

PGAP

Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP®)

Our therapists are qualified in the PGAP fourth edition and is certified to provide this evidence-based treatment program for reducing disability associated to clients with pain, depression, PTSD, cancer and other chronic health conditions.

The primary goals of PGAP are to promote re-integration into life-role activities, increase quality of life, and facilitate return-to-work or return to activity. These goals are achieved through targeted treatment of psychosocial risk factors, structured activity scheduling, graded-activity involvement, goal-setting, problem-solving, and motivational enhancement. The client and PGAP provider meet on a weekly basis, for approximately one hour, for a maximum of 10 weeks.

PGAP is the first disability prevention program specifically designed to target psychosocial risk factors for disability. PGAP is a program that has been tailored to meet the rehabilitation needs of individuals who are struggling to overcome the challenges associated with a wide range of debilitating health and mental health conditions.

When an individual becomes disabled due to an injury or debilitating illness, their important activities in life are often abandoned. These activities previously helped define the person’s sense of identity and self-worth. Some of these activities are ceased because of significant functional limitations and also psychosocial factors (e.g. fears, loss of confidence and a pessimistic outlook on their lives). PGAP targets these psychosocial factors to assist individuals to resume participation in activities that once gave their life a sense of meaning and purpose. PGAP has produced positive results for individuals suffering from musculoskeletal conditions, depression, cancer and other debilitating health conditions.