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Improving the quality of life in long-term care

31/10/2019

Anica, Occupational Therapist at Purdy Pavilion

​As we wrap up Occupational Therapy Month, we want to say thank you to our amazing Occupational Therapists!

We met Occupational Therapist (OT) Anica, who shared her experience working in long-term care. “I enjoy collaborating with residents and fellow team members to set goals and solve concerns that affect the resident's day-to-day activities and increase their quality of life. Because I work with people in a long-term care setting, we are able to address concerns in a holistic manner with continuous opportunities for growth and improvement," says Anica, who works at Purdy Pavilion.

OTs in long-term care help enable residents to complete activities with an emphasis on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), wheelchair mobility, skin and pressure management, feeding and swallowing management, and falls prevention. “It is highly motivating to collaborate with team members and residents in finding ways to improve their quality of life and manage the concerns that come up with end-of-life-care," says Anica.

Providing residents with opportunities for independence is always exciting for Anica. “When working with residents who are first-time users of power wheelchairs, it is very exciting to explore the different possibilities for independence, especially because this medical device can help them access activities and locations that they were previously unable to visit."

Anica receives a lot of support from her managers, the OT Practice Coordinator, and the Clinical Resource Therapists (CRTs). “Whenever I have questions about something that I haven't dealt with before, the CRTs always have great advice and are just a quick phone call away." On Friday afternoons at Purdy Pavilion they organize a Pub Day, where residents can come together to listen to live music and enjoy snacks and drinks.​

OT opportunities exist in both acute and community settings at VCH – learn more: careers.vch.ca

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