Exemplary patient experiences, always.


Exemplary Patient Experiences, Always.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy, or OT for short, is a health profession that helps people to solve the problems that interfere with their ability to do the things that are important to them when injury, illness or disability is limiting them.

OT’s play an integral role in preparing clients for the transition from hospital to home especially if an illness or injury has left them unable to look after themselves and participate in their usual daily activities. An occupational therapist may help by teaching strategies to improve strengthening, hands on facilitation for return of movement, retraining in activities of daily living, prescribing mobility or adaptive aids, testing or training of cognitive/ perceptual skills, splinting or rehabilitation for the hand or arm and by providing education related to adapting your environment or your routines for your return to home.

Where do Occupational Therapists work at HHS?

Occupational Therapists work in many different areas of our hospital. These include:

A Physician's Referral is Required
to Access This Service

Don’t Slip! Read Snow Shoveling Tips

As colder weather and winter approaches, we need to be aware that ice and snow are hazardous and can present a slipping or falling risk, especially to seniors.  Each year, Canadians slip and fall straining muscles and even breaking bones when they are removing snow. Here are a few tips from our occupational therapists to make snow removal safer and easier.

  • Warm up your muscles. It’s important to stretch the muscles involved in snow shoveling beforehand to avoid injury.
  • Avoid lifting and bending only with your back. Choose a shovel that will hold the amount of snow you can safely shovel. Bend your knees to allow you to lift with the large muscles of your legs.
  • Wear proper footwear i.e. winter boots with good treads
  • Use proper positioning. Use a broad based grasp with your hands spaced shoulder width apart on the handle to get better leverage.
  • Add sand or salt to hard snow to speed up the melting and provide traction
  • Don’t overdo it! Shoveling snow is a strenuous activity. Plan rest breaks throughout.
  • If you can afford it: buy and use a snow blower or pay a snow removal company!

To book appointments, please call:

 Tel: 905-338-4613           Fax: 905-815-5109

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