Managing Chronic Pain
More than 130 million Americans suffer from chronic or frequently occurring pain. Chronic pain creates both physical and psychological problems that affect whether a person can engage in meaningful activities each day. Pain can decrease a person’s strength, coordination, and independence in addition to causing stress that may lead to depression.
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Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy provides clients with the tools to optimize their home environments relative to individual abilities and promote full participation in daily life activities. As the population of older adults continues to grow, home modifications are a key factor in enabling individuals to “age in place,” or live in the place or home of choice. An AARP study found that more than 80% of people older than age 50 want to age in their own homes.
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Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when someone’s head is severely hit or shaken, or when an object goes into the brain. Brain injuries range from mild to severe. People with TBI may have changes to their personality, trouble with memory, confusion, or poor judgment. They may be tired, depressed, or anxious. The changes to the brain after TBI can affect people’s ability to do daily activities (occupations). It may also affect their roles, such as employee, spouse, parent, and friend. Although TBI can affect how a person functions, many people with TBI learn to live valued and productive lives.
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Occupational Therapy and Community Reintegration of Persons with Brain Injury
Brain injuries can affect motor, sensory, cognitive, and behavioral functioning. A person who has sustained a brain injury may find it challenging to return to work or school, or engage in many of the other activities that he or she enjoyed prior to the injury. Individuals may also have decreased balance and coordination, memory impairments, difficulty organizing and sequencing activities, and making decisions. Visual and auditory functions can also be affected by a brain injury. In addition, after a brain injury, many people experience a decrease in their frustration tolerance and an increase in impulsive behaviors.
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The Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
Millions of people suffer from persistent pain due to injury or illness. Whether addressed in relation to personal, societal or health care costs, persistent pain remains one of the most expensive health problems facing the North American population. Although many people with pain conditions will show complete or partial recovery, many will become permanently disabled.
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Assistive Devices Program
The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care runs the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to help people who have long-term physical disabilities get needed equipment and supplies. In most cases ADP pays 75 per cent of an approved price.
Learn more about Assistive Devices Program.