OT Works! Holiday Hours

OT Works! will be closed during the holidays. 
We will be back to our regular hours on January 03, 2021, when we will be accepting new clients in Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Sea-to-Sky, Sunshine Coast, Victoria and the Comox Valley.

Our Holiday Hours

Monday, December 20, 2021Open, 9am-5pm
Tuesday, December 21, 2021Open, 9am-5pm
Wednesday, December 22, 2021Open, 9am-5pm
Thursday, December 23, 2021Open, 9am-5pm
Friday, December 24, 2021Open, 9am-1pm
Monday, December 27, 2021Closed
Tuesday, December 28, 2021Closed
Wednesday, December 29, 2021Closed
Thursday, December 30, 2021Closed
Friday, December 31, 2021Closed
Monday, January 03, 2021Open, 9am-5pm

Regular business hours resume on January 03.

We wish you a very Happy Holidays and a Joyous New Year! 

Get started with an OT

All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).  Our approach is based on current research and evidence-based practice.

If you or someone you know could benefit from occupational therapy, contact us today!

Email:  referrals@ot-works.com

Vancouver:  604.696.1066 

Victoria250.999.8896

BC RAHA: How an Occupational Therapist can help with home modifications

If you need home modifications to make your home safer for independent living, you might qualify for government-based BC RAHA program.  

What is BC RAHA? 

The BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations Program (BC RAHA) gives financial assistance to eligible low- and moderate-income households to complete home adaptations for accessibility. The program allows seniors and people with permanent disabilities or diminished ability to access greater independence within their own homes. As of March 2021, this program replaces the Home Adaptations for Independence Program, or HAFI. The revised program offers greater opportunity and simplified application processes. 

Who can apply? 

Homeowners, tenants and landlors alike can apply for the program. You may be eligible for BC Rebate for Accessible Home Adaptations (BC RAHA) help if you, someone in your household or a tenant has permanent disability or loss of physical abilities and you meet all the application requirements. 
Please check the eligibility requirements at BC RAHA’s website: https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/BC-RAHA 

How can an Occupational Therapist help? 

For some home adaptations, the program requires a completed assessment from an Occupational Therapist (OT). 

A home assessment by an Occupational Therapist can help identify special equipment, design features and ways to make your home safer and more accessible.  

An in-home assessment carefully considers the layout and features of your home with information about your disability or ability loss. An assessment identifies areas that could benefit from changes that allow you to continue living safely in your home as long as possible. Some recommendations may be simple like moving furniture to clear walking paths. Reducing your fall risk is a good start. By removing items that block your walking paths, you can improve mobility in your home without any extra cost.  

Other recommendations may need more effort. You may have to buy equipment or hire a contractor to make home adaptations. This is where BC RAHA program can help. The home assessment findings can be used to assist with planning and help guide decisions and discussions. This makes sure any adaptations made to your home will meet your needs.  

What are the home modifications that require an OT assessment? 

All adaptations will be assessed based on how they address a household member’s permanent disability or loss of ability. If it is not clear how the requested adaptations will help the household member maintain independence in the home the requested adaptations may not be approved, or medical documentation may be required.  

Not all modifications require an Occupational Therapist assessment. Please refer to the BC RAHA’s website (https://www.bchousing.org/housing-assistance/BC-RAHA) to see the complete list of adaptation types and maximum rebate schedule.  

Will BC RAHA cover the cost of the assessment? 

BC RAHA will not cover the total costs of the assessment but will provide you with a rebate of up to $250, even if you do not qualify for the program or do not have any adaptations done. 

Do I need a doctor’s referral to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist? 

No, a doctor’s referral is not required for OT assessments for BC RAHA. 

Why should I choose OT Works? 

All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and are skilled in assessing clients for their home modifications with BC RAHA program.  

 
Our OTs serve the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sea-to-Sky and Vancouver Island.  To learn more about our services, contact us.  

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October is OT Month!

Every October, OT Works! celebrate our incredible team of Occupational Therapists and the difference they make in their clients’ lives! 

The theme proposed for OT Month by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) this year is I ❤️ OT!  
 
Our Occupational Therapists at OT Works! help our clients in their homes and workplaces.
We provide individualized rehabilitation that facilitates functional improvement and active living. 
With objective, medically supported information and a focus on function our experienced OT’s create meaningful change for our clients and customers. 

Mental Health

One way to celebrate OT month is by providing more information to the public about the importance of OT. 
Occupational Therapists provide a holistic approach to clients in their recovery, allowing them to get back to the activities they love. 
OTs also play an essential role in mental health care, and in aging in place. 
Read more about how an occupational therapist can help you with mental health support: https://www.oteveryday.ca/mental-health 

Occupational Therapy at OT Works! 

All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and are skilled in treating clients with physical injuries, mental health, and brain injuries.  
Our OTs serve the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sea-to-Sky and Vancouver Island.  To learn more about our services, contact us.  

OT Works! Land Acknowledgement

OT Works! recognizes and acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwikwetlem, Katzie, Qayqayt, Sto:lo, Songhees, Esquimalt and K’omoks Nations, on whose unceded territories we live, learn, work and play. 

We perform a land acknowledgment at the beginning of each of our OT Works!’ meetings and have included a land acknowledgement on each page of our website as a reflection of our role as settlers and how the legacy of colonization continues to affect Indigenous People today. 

At OT Works!, we strive to help others and in doing so make the world a better place. 
As a company we promote quality care and ethical behavior.  We support advances in education and culture, value diversity and inclusion, and advocate sustainable use of natural resources. 
We recognize that respecting Indigenous rights is an extension of our beliefs and practices. 

We know that a land acknowledgement is  a small part of a much larger national discussion but we hope this statement can invite our team, clients, customers, and partners to reflection on Indigenous history and values.

Learn more about the importance of land acknowledgment:

How Occupational Therapy can help with social anxiety

With COVID-19 restrictions being slowly lifted, and people starting to get back to in-person social and work activities , some people are experiencing unexpected feelings of unease and anxiety. 

Many people were expecting to be very happy and socially active right now, meeting friends, going to favorite restaurants, or joining that fitness class that they have been missing. But if instead of joy you are feeling afraid, anxious and are avoiding going out, please know that you’re not alone.  Many people are feeling the same way.

According to Anxiety Canada, “Social anxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders, affecting between 7 and 13% of the population”. 

How to effectively cope with social anxiety  

The good news is that there are effective ways to cope with social anxiety.  
Here are some good tips from Healthline

  1. Ease back into it 
  1. Visualize situations in your head 
  1. Allow yourself to be scared 
  1. Practice self-care 
  1. Get professional help 

Addressing anxiety is one of many things that Occupational Therapists can help with during these uncertain times.  Our OTs have training and experience helping people overcome fear, anxiety and help them get back to doing things they love. We know that dealing with social anxiety can be overwhelming, but our Occupational Therapists are ready to help you getting back to the activities that are meaningful to you. 
 
All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and are skilled in treating clients with anxiety and other mental health concerns.  
Our OTs serve the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sea-to-Sky and Vancouver Island.  To learn more about our services, contact us

Additional Resources 

Anxiety Canada: Self-help strategies for social anxiety 

Statistics Canada: Social Anxiety disorder: much more than shyness 

New York Times: How to deal with quarantine-induced social anxiety 

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OT Works! is hiring!

OT Works! is expanding services in Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Victoria!

We have open positions for Experienced Occupational Therapists in Vancouver and Fraser Valley, and for recent grads in Victoria and Fraser Valley.

If you know someone that would be a great fit for these roles, please share this post!

If you’d like to apply, please check our Careers page for more information.

OT Works! is the organization of choice for occupational therapists who want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Since 2000 our team has grown due to our commitment to our values and our people. We care about the people we serve and the people work alongside. Our therapists and clients are treated as individuals, not numbers. We are passionate about what we do and foster an environment where you can be inspired and be inspiring.

Apply today!

Run for Water: Providing clean water to communities in Ethiopia

For the fourth consecutive year, OT Works! Team participated in Run for Water, a run, walk and bike challenge with the goal of providing clean water to at-risk communities in Ethiopia. 
OT Works! Team members and their families ran, walked and biked on their local communities following the current restrictions and guidelines of BCCDC. 
Together, our team completed 111 activities during the month of May, and we covered almost 1,100 kilometers.  

Run for Water sponsors provide clean water for life for one person for each completed activity.  
In addition to our team’s efforts, OT Works! also donated $2,450 to the event, what made us the  number one team in the donation amount for the event! 
In total, OT Works! raised funds to provide clean water to 181 people in Haro, Ethiopia. 
 
Our collective results were great, and our team members also had some outstanding individual accomplishments. Here’s some of our team’s highlights: 

  • Our Coordinator, People & Services, Milena Duarte, was the second place overall in the challenge for bike rides. She completed over 320 kilometers, and did one long ride of 110 kilometers in one day! 
  • Our associate Stephanie completed 21 runs during the challenge, covering 124 kilometers in total. 
  • Jaclyn Penner, one of our OTs, ran or biked 81 kilometers, and entered 12 different activities. 
  • Our OT Julia Pereira ran a total of 79k over 13 runs. 

    Way to go, OT Works! Team! 

OT Works! believes that we have a role to play in making the world a better place. We are committed to building a sustainable society that acknowledges our individual and collective impact on the natural world and environment. 

We look forward to participating in 2022 Run for Water event.

From left to right, top to bottom: Randy and his beautiful family on a walk on the North Shore; our Business Director, Jason and his family biking on Stanley Park; Janet and her partner run in PoCo; Melissa after a run in Vancouver; and Milena during a bike ride in Delta.

World Health Day 2021

OT Works! supports World Health Day and efforts to build a fairer, healthier world.  On April 7, 2021, we recognize and remain committed to overcoming inequities that exist in health care. 

In our practice and beyond, we strive to work together and act beyond borders.  We also support the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT) which advocates for improved access to occupational therapy services for Canadians.

For more information, visit World Health Day 2021.

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Managing Mental Health and Chronic Pain: Resources to Help

Take care of your health.

COVID-19 has been hard on us all. Connect with resources and people to better manage your mental health and chronic pain during these tough times.

We’re here to help.

Our occupational therapists are skilled in treating clients with mental health concerns and chronic pain during occupational disruption.  To learn more, contact us.

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OT Tips for Working from Home

Occupational therapists recommend a balanced approach when managing your health while working from home.  They consider the physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental demands that affect wellbeing at work.  Here are some OT tips to take care of yourself while working from home:

  • Start by improving your ergonomic set up to address posture.   
  • Remember to take microbreaks.   
  • After work, engage in activities that bring you a sense of calm.   

Building good habits is essential to feeling successful at work.  You can read more on how to improve how you work from home in this article by The Signal.  

Get Started with an OT  

Could you or someone you know benefit from an OT assessment? All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and have additional training in areas such as mental health, brain injury rehabilitation, home safety and chronic pain.  

We are here to help after an injury or a motor vehicle accident.  Contact us today!  

Email: referrals@ot-works.com  

Phone:  604.696.1066 ext. 1000