2020 was a different year for everyone.
More than ever, it is important to give back to our communities and to support initiatives that provide change and promote social justice.
As part of our annual efforts to give back to the community, OT Works! is pleased to support Vancouver-based Project Change Foundation for another year. Change is central to the philosophy of occupational therapy and our therapists facilitate change to promote health and recovery.
Project Change Foundation provides financial and other support to early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change.
In previous years, the Foundation has already provided grants and support to charities such as Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, The Lipstick Project, Backpack Buddies, and Binners’ Project.
Inspire Community Outreach is an incorporated non-profit social services agency providing evidence and culturally informed, family-centered education and programming, designed to meet the needs of those living with mental health issues and neurological/cognitive differences.
Read more about the Inspire Community Outreach on their website: inspirecommunityoutreach.ca
Refugee Women’s Network empowers refugee and new immigrant women with tools and resources to enhance and develop their skills through education to successfully integrate into Canadian society while still maintaining respective cultural values.
Read more about Refugee Women’s Network on their website: refugeewomensnetwork.org
Learn more about Project Change: projectchangefoundation.com
ICBC’s Hospital Discharge Program requested an occupational therapist to assist their client, Kim. She had a fractured knee from a motor vehicle accident (MVA) which made it difficult to walk. Kim was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to get around like she used to. But by building a rehabilitation plan with occupational therapy and other services. Kim developed the confidence and strength to get out, walk more and socialize with her friends like she used to.
Referral: 0-30 Days after the accident
- Assistive Technology
- Home Safety Assessment
- Hospital Discharge Planning
- External Service Recommendations: Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, and Massage Therapy
Age: 84 years old
Occupation: Retired, active community member
Injuries: Right tibial plateau fracture with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF)
How OT Helped
After her accident, Kim wanted to remain active in her community. She sustained a fractured knee and was using a wheelchair at the time that Melissa Ferguson (OT) began working with her.
Melissa planned Kim’s discharge from hospital. When Kim returned home, Melissa had already ensured that her home was safe and accessible considering her injured knee and mobility constraints. Since Kim is a yoga enthusiast, Melissa encouraged her to keep building her strength that way. They also focused on increasing Kim’s walking endurance. She worked with a physiotherapist, kinesiologist and massage therapist as Melissa recommended.
As her ability to walk improved, Kim enjoyed reengaging with ther friends and activities she loved. She no longer felt interrupted by her injuries and looked forward to enjoying more of her retirement.
“I’ve been very well looked after and I am very grateful!”– Kim (OT Works! client)
All of our OTs are university-trained and certified by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC). Many of our OTs have additional training in physical OT treatment, mental health, and goal-planning.
Contact us today if you or someone you know could benefit from an OT, or have any questions about how an OT can help after an MVA.
Phone: 604.696.1066 ext. 1000