What do occupational therapists do? Most of the western world views the term “occupation” as being synonymous with work. As occupational therapists, we hold onto the broader meaning and define occupation as everything people do to occupy themselves including: looking after themselves (self-care) enjoying themselves (leisure) contributing to the social and economic fabric of their communities (productivity) Participating in activities that are meaningful to us is important for our health and well-being. Occupational therapy focuses on the complex and dynamic relationships between people, their occupations and their environments. What occupational therapy services are provided at Baycrest? Occupational therapists help people work towards independence in meaningful aspects of their daily lives. Older adults may face challenges in their daily occupations due to illness or barriers. Occupational therapists are trained to assess your physical, mental and social skills, identify your strengths and abilities and work with you to improve daily function. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings and you’ll find us all over Baycrest, working with you to reach your goals. Occupational therapy qualifications The services at Baycrest are provided by Occupational Therapists who are university trained health professionals and have graduated from a certified occupational therapy program. They are registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and are an accredited department by the University of Toronto and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). The occupational therapists at Baycrest are supported by trained occupational therapist assistants.