What is OT?
Occupational Therapists (or OT’s) help and/or improve everyday function and activities for people with a physical, mental, or cognitive challenge. They help enable people to participate in activities that are meaningful to them, including activities of daily living (or ADL’s, which can include dressing, showering, cooking), returning to work, participating in work safely, and things you want to do.
How does this help me?
OT’s observe and analyze a client’s overall function, and offer recommendations, such as task modification, changing the environment, and providing equipment to assist participation in the activity (at home, at work, or play). OT’s pride themselves on being client-centered, listening to the client’s goals, and working together to create a plan.
- Goal setting
- Return to work planning
- Home assessments (ensuring safety and independence at home)
- Recommending and prescribing assistive devices (walkers, wheelchairs, bathroom equipment)
- Ergonomic assessments (ensuring a comfortable workspace/computer set up)
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
- 1-Day or 2-Day assessments consisting of 4-6 hours per day. After a significant injury (motor vehicle accident, long term disability), an FCE is an integral part of assessing permanent abilities and limitations in relation to work and daily activity. It provides an extensive report detailing abilities, limitations, and recommendations for next steps. Typically requested by insurance companies and legal representatives.
Do I need a referral?
Typically, you do not need a referral to seek out occupational therapy, however often referral sources (doctor’s, insurers, employers) will refer to OT to assist with their clients’ needs.
Is OT covered by my insurance?
Often OT is covered by insurance, however some plans require a pay and submit format. The OT typically is quite familiar with navigating insurance plans, so if you ever have any questions, the OT can help answer or guide you in the right direction!
How much is OT?
- Assessments are $110
- Re-assessments/follow-ups are $68
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) (1-day and 2-day) can be discussed upon request
How long are OT sessions?
- OT assessments are booked for an hour (in-clinic, at home, at work), however can be longer depending on need
- Re-assessments or follow ups are 30-45 minutes
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) can be discussed upon request
How long do I need to wait for an appointment?
- The OT is usually able to fit you in within 2 weeks for an assessment, either in-clinic or in your environment
- Appointments outside of work hours are available if requested
- Functional Capacity Evaluations can be discussed upon request