SERVICES

Our treatment philosophy

For 35 years, Raincoast has been a trusted health service provider for injured British Columbians through public and private insurers including WorkSafeBC, Insurance Corporation of BC, Ministry of Justice (CVAP) Great West Life, SunLife, among others.

HEAD INJURY

Concussion

Recovery from concussion is often slow and frustrating. With other injuries, we are told to “push through” pain and symptoms.  But this approach does not work with concussion. Our occupational therapists are there to explain the nature of concussion, what to expect in terms of symptoms and challenges, and finally, how to manage your symptoms to reduce discomfort and expedite recovery as much as possible. The result is a higher level of activity and return to previous activities of work, self-care, and leisure.

Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury

The impact of a brain injury is far ranging and affects people’s lives in many ways. Activities previously performed routinely suddenly present as overwhelming obstacles. Family members assume new roles with which they are unfamiliar. Our occupational therapists understand your concerns and will help individuals and their families cope throughout rehabilitation in order to resume day-to-day activities, independent living, and paid work, to the broadest extent possible.

CATASTROPHIC INJURY

Spinal Cord

Prior to discharge from hospital, an occupational therapist will assess whether you require any medical equipment at your home. Our occupational therapists can work with the hospital to ensure that this equipment is delivered and set up by the time you return home. Our community occupational therapists are experienced at providing the best options for home modifications, wheelchair assessments, and equipment prescription based on your personal needs and budget. The occupational therapist acts as a case manager and intermediary for your complex rehabilitation needs.

Amputation

Prior to discharge from hospital, an occupational therapist will assess whether you require any medical equipment at your home. Our occupational therapists can work with the hospital to ensure that this equipment is delivered and set up by the time you return home. Our community occupational therapists are experienced at providing the best options for home modifications, wheelchair assessments, and equipment prescription based on your personal needs and budget. The occupational therapist acts as a case manager and intermediary for your complex rehabilitation needs.

Multiple or Complex Orthopedic Injury

Prior to discharge from hospital, an occupational therapist will assess whether you require any medical equipment at your home. Our occupational therapists can work with the hospital to ensure that this equipment is delivered and set up by the time you return home. Our community occupational therapists are experienced at providing the best options for home modifications, wheelchair assessments, and equipment prescription based on your personal needs and budget. The occupational therapist acts as a case manager and intermediary for your complex rehabilitation needs.

MENTAL HEALTH

Depression

Our experienced occupational therapists will work with you in a safe and comfortable environment, working at your pace and identifying goals for treatment. Methods include breathing and relaxation techniques, reactivation, and cognitive rehabilitation; all towards restoring the roles you have lost due to depression. Goals normally include a return to work and other previously enjoyed activities, improved coping skills, and being able to feel like “yourself” again.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be debilitating, preventing you from enjoying everyday activities with friends, or even preventing you from leaving the house. Our occupational therapists work with you in a safe, comfortable environment and teach you how to recognize potential triggers and better manage your anxiety symptoms so that you are able to get back to doing the things you want to do. Specific phobias or anxieties can be managed as well as General Anxiety Disorder.

Stress

Stress is a fact of life these days. There are countless internal and external factors that affect our stress levels and our ability to function in the presence of stress. Stress management is where our occupational therapists can help. Through use of tools and strategies to internally track and manage stressors, as well as reviewing and exploring the impact of external stressors, you can take back the of your life and return to previous activities of work, self-care, and leisure.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Following a diagnosis of PTSD, many individuals benefit from access to an occupational therapist alongside psychological counselling (which we can also provide). The occupational therapist will work with you and your psychologist in order to better understand your diagnosis and learn ways to manage symptoms. Graded exposure and in vitro exposure activities can be undertaken in the community with your occupational therapist helping you overcome symptoms.

PHYSICAL INJURY

Soft Tissue, Orthopedic, Repetitive Strain

Following a serious physical injury, individuals often work with a physiotherapist to regain their strength and range of motion. In certain situations they may also benefit from occupational therapy.  An occupational therapist may explore options for splints and/or braces. They will also review and assess your physical environment (at work and/or home) in order to recommend measures designed to increase function and prevent re-injury.

Ergonomic Assessment

The human body is designed to move. It is not designed to be stuck in front of a computer or desk all day. Our occupational therapists are experienced in ergonomic assessment, for both sedentary and active workplaces and jobs. The occupational therapist will work with you to identify the risks and problem areas within your workplace, and provide equipment recommendations to improve the ergonomic set up. The result is a more comfortable day at work, reduced risk of injury, and higher productivity.

CHRONIC PAIN

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain, and it is a poorly understood diagnosis that can be life changing and debilitating. Our occupational therapists are well versed in chronic pain management, and will provide you with education and resources to help you learn to manage the pain. While we are unable to make the pain “go away”, our interventions and support will help you to become more active and productive, taking control of your pain rather than letting it control you.  Our occupational therapists work with you in a safe and comfortable environment, and are committed to working at your own pace to see you succeed on your path to improved quality and enjoyment of life.

HOME ASSESSMENT AND EQUIPMENT

Our occupational therapists are able to complete assessments for wheelchairs or scooters, so that they can be funded via an insurance company. Home modifications or equipment recommendations to allow an individual to remain independent at home can also be provided.