Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists


Skills for the Job of Living Tips
Skills for the Job of Living Tips contain occupational therapy strategies that may help you, a loved one, or a friend to cope with the challenges of everyday living. The information contained here is reviewed by both occupational therapists and consumers who have expertise in a specific topic area.

Shortcuts for teachers & parents
If you are a teacher or parent and wondering if occupational therapy can help, please read about occupational therapy in the school system and click here for additional resources.

Read real life stories that include fact sheets about: Aboriginal health, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, cancer survivorship, cerebral palsy, concussion, criminal justice, emergency department, end-of-life care, fall prevention, mental health, older adults, older driver safety, post-traumatic stress disorder, primary health care, social inclusion, spinal cord injuries, stroke, substance use, universal design, workplace health and well-being, and workplace mental health.

Resources for older adults

Older Driver Safety
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists(CAOT), launched the National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers in February 2009. The Blueprint strives to enhance the capacity of older adults to maintain their fitness to drive and ability to drive safely for as long as possible. In partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, CAOT has continued to work diligently on this initiative and is pleased to launch an Older Driver’s Safety website and a series of informational brochures.

Tools for Living Well - Seniors Safety

Tools for Living Well Pamphlets Tools for Living Well Toolkit

Assistive devices can enable seniors and veterans to remain safe and active:

  • A cane can allow people to continue to walk and maintain their leisure and fitness.
  • Bath safety devices, including grab bars, non-slip bath mats, and bath seats can enhance safety and allow seniors continued independence when bathing or showering

So how do we plan to encourage the use of assistive devices? We will work with seniors and veterans to approach businesses in their own communities to encourage:

  • Retailers to increase the availability and visibility of canes, grab bars, bath/shower seats and non-slip bath mats,
  • Hoteliers to increase the number of guest rooms equipped with grab bars, non-slip mats, and bath seats,
  • Builders to display grab bars in model homes and to offer these as options to buyers.

Tools for Living Well is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the University of Ottawa, sponsored by Health Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Stable, Able and Strong

The Stable, Able and Strong project developed a Post-Fall Support Model and component strategies for older adults who have experienced a fall, to enable them to maintain or resume engagement in meaningful activities in the context of home and community.

Stable, Able and Strong (SAS) developed a number of resources to enhance health professionals and communities’ ability to manage falls, including:

Post-Fall Support Modules 
Peer Mentor Workbook

A video in which older adults demonstrate good communication skills for peer mentors was also developed and can be used with the Peer Mentor Workbook.

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