B.C. reaching ‘crisis levels’ when it comes to occupational therapy, says advocate

B.C. reaching 'crisis levels' when it comes to occupational therapy, says advocate

An advocate for occupational therapy says B.C. is reaching crisis levels when it comes to providing the service.

Giovanna Boniface of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists says they provide a key support to seniors and people with serious disabilities.

“Everything from – you get up in the morning and take care of yourself to bathing, getting dressed, to driving – and all the things you do in your leisure time as well.”

But she says therapists just can’t keep up with the demand.

“In British Columbia we train occupation therapists at one location only, and that’s at UBC in the Faculty of Medicine. We graduate only 48 OT’s per year.”

Boniface says with an aging population – action is needed now to ensure there are enough trained therapists in the years ahead.