Older adults residing in LTC facilities continue to experience mental health challenges and illness. Without adequate care and support, many older adults are forced to suffer in silence. This article aims to provide recommendations to dismantle the barriers to mental health accessibility and efficiency in Ontario LTC facilities.
Christina Ziebart, Stephanie Cimino, Meera Premnazeer & Alexandra Krassikova
V. Armineh Babikian
Armineh Babikian, an occupational therapist (OT) from New York City, discusses her 2017 volunteer experience in Armenia providing OT services in rural villages and engaging in capacity-building for newly mandated inclusive education. As a current PhD student, Babikian reflects on her approach using a critical social lens and discusses the implications of her North American training in Armenia.
Stephanie Reischl & Rochelle Furtado
Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) capture treatment progress from the patient’s perspective. While patients should be involved in their development, often they are not. This article addresses benefits and barriers towards patient engagement, designing PROMs for capturing pain, and strategies on including patients in studies…all directly from a patient partner’s experience!
Ilakkiah Chandran & Anuijan Chandran
Companion-type robots are seen as valuable tools for ensuring social rehabilitation of older adults. Is that true? Are companion-type robots accessible, efficient, and effective in providing older adults with care they need and deserve?
Within media platforms, healthcare, and social circles, the negative consequences of falls are emphasized and elicit a fear of falling (FOF). A study showed that older adults view fall-awareness media campaigns as detrimental and exacerbated their fear. If instead patient education was focused on independence and balance interventions, it could prevent the development of FOF.
Jessica Otoo-Appiah, Lizzie Houlding, Lauren Humphrey & Anonymous
When healthcare workers discuss the intersection of health and work, rehabilitation therapists are often not at the forefront of these conversations. However, unsafe workplaces affect our patients and communities. This article discusses the impact of precarious work on health and the rehabilitation sector’s role in changing it.
The overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system has been well-documented, however, correctional services are often ill-equipped to address this topic. Through an exploration of relevant research, this article calls for an expanded role of occupational therapy within Mental Health Courts and elucidates what this re-envisioning can entail.
Vanessa S.K. Fan, Riya Shah, Sharon S. Kwan & Anna Krosinski
The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to a growing population with post-COVID-19 mental and functional impairments, increasing rehabilitation demands. This rapid review suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) improves insomnia, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms among survivors of COVID-19. More research is warranted to illustrate CBT’s role in improving function. Online CBT resources are provided for public use.