About - Occupational Therapy
Donna J. Franz has worked for persons with disabilities over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist (OT).
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Healthcare Professional who solves problems; the kinds that interfere with a person's ability to function safely and independently in their day to day lives.
The title "Occupational Therapy" is used as we can help with any activities that "occupy" one's time:
OTs focus on identifying their client's current and future needs and desires. We provide recommendations on:
safety and independence (mobility, showering, transportation, play),
how to modifying homes, gardens, school environments, community and/or work environments,
how to manage chronic health conditions and loss of sensory abilities (e.g. vision, sensation, hearing).
OTs are experts at using education, adaptive aids, and equipment, alternative methods, and assistive technology, to manage:
fatigue and muscle weakness,
repetitive strain, e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, golfer's elbow,
the effects of aging,
mental health challenges, memory loss, dementia.
OTs have the medical knowledge to assess your needs and work with you to plan for a safer and more independent or productive future.
OTs can help in the moment, while planning for the future, that is why we are experts in "Aging in Place" Home Modifications.
Aging in Place Home Modifications ~ Over 90 % of Canadians wish to age in their current home.
OTs are knowledgeable on how to design or re-design spaces and homes to promote safety, prevent falls, and maintain or increase ease while performing activities. Maintaining independence is a huge goal.
OTs are "cost conscious" and help with learning about grants and how to apply.
OTs understand modifications or renovations require a lot of organization, discussion, and planning, and that the client is the "Decision Maker".