Say hello to Evan Mackenzie, a community Occupational Therapist that works with people who have Spinal Cord Injuries after they leave rehab!
So what exactly is an Occupational Therapist? Evan discusses what he does, and how people with SCI’s can benefit by using OT’s after they leave rehab and enter their new life.
Unfortunately, not many people know what OT’s are, and how they can help you in your daily life. Evan explains how OT’s can help people with letters of Justification with insurance, lifestyle hacks, workplace solutions, home and kitchen accessibility, chair seating assessments and high tech things like “Pressure Mapping” for beds, chairs and seats. Occupational Therapists’ tools can not only save you thousands of dollars, but also keep you out of hospital and without skin injury.
We ask Evan a bunch of important questions about:
- Pressure Maps (and where to get one done)
- Tools to help maintain your health years after injury and to prevent injuries
- Healthy aging with a SCI
- Skin maintenance
- Shoulder health for manual chair users
- The “power mobility = failure” perception myth
- Standing Frames
- What spouses or partners can do to assist the OT like voicing concerns
- Feedback on what a spouse or partner can do to help themselves with caregiving
- What it’s like to be an OT in today’s working environment
- Advice for newly injured people
To learn more about Evan and what Access Community Therapists do, visit their website here
This episode is sponsored by Wishart Brain and Spine Law https://brainandspinelaw.com. Robyn Wishart and her team of SCI Lawyers specialize in helping those who are injured live a life and NOT a claim and serve clients all over North America as advocates. To learn more about what Robyn is doing to help the WAGS of SCI community, visit our website’s “Legal Resources” section or contact Wishart Law directly to discuss your claim for FREE.
Contact the WAGS of SCI through their website http://www.wagsofsci.com for any questions or comments