Improve your Independence with Daily Activities
There are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling with daily tasks. Your abilities may have been impacted by injury, illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, developmental delay, learning problems, or other factors. These conditions can impact anything from remembering to brush your teeth every day, to getting into a healthy daily routine, going back to work or school after an injury or illness… maybe even trying to reconnect with your partner or learn how to make friends.
Learning how to step back and analyze the situation, then create a plan and follow through is an important challenge. Sometimes it’s a matter of building healthy habits, but other times it can just be helpful to consult with someone who is trained to help people with these kinds of changes.
Occupational therapy is a profession that helps people work through the steps of a task and address the barriers that you face to getting things done. It helps you or your family members develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities. The goal of occupational therapy sessions is to work with you to find solutions that will allow you to develop new skills, regain skills that have been impacted by an illness, or maintain your function and independence and prevent injury.
At Renew, we may use a variety of approaches such as:
- Counselling or psychotherapy support
- Therapy programs for behaviour, cognitive or physical problems
- Introducing new ways of doing things
- Working with you to modify your environment (including prescribing equipment, ergonomic assessments, classroom or workplace modifications, etc.)
Return to Work / School Programs
Debilitating symptoms can be a barrier to participating in work, school, or even social or community activities. Once your symptoms are sufficiently improved to allow you to return to the parts of your life that you have lost, your therapist will be able to help you develop a plan for success.
If, for example, you have stopped attending work/school due to severe anxiety, your therapist will work with you to begin to manage the anxiety symptoms. Once you are better able to control your thinking and the physical anxiety response, the therapist will help you to assess the work/school demands. What will be easy? What will be difficult?
Will you be able to attend for the full day, or should you start with just one or two courses? Is there a way to modify the course so that you will be better able to manage your symptoms? Is there a specific subject that will be better to start with?
Your therapist will work through the work/school or demands with you and will help you to set up an implement and plan for a return that will allow you the best chance for success.