Definitions Attendant Care Practitioner: An Attendant is an individual who provides caring companionship and supervision to people who need support to maintain a good quality of life.
Case Manager: A Case Manager is a collaborative member of the health care team who assists with assessment, planning facilitation, co-ordination and advocacy to promote quality and cost effective outcomes.
Catastrophic Impairment: A catastrophic impairment is a legal term, not a medical term. It may be applied to individuals who have suffered severe injuries in motor vehicle accidents. For more information please contact your legal representative.
CDA: A Communicative Disorders Assistant is someone who works with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to provide intervention to individuals with difficulties in the area of communication. CDAs do not work independently from an SLP. CDAs are trained to work in the areas of speech, language, cognitive communication and augmentative communication with individuals of any age.
OT: An Occupational Therapist is a licenced health professional who is trained to assess and treat the daily living and work skills of people with injuries, enabling people to perform activities of everyday living.
OTA:Occupational Therapy Assistants help patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. OTAs are directly involved in providing therapy to patients and must be supervised by an OT.
PT: A Physiotherapist is a licenced health professional who helps people affected by injury through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. PTA: A Physiotherapy Assistant is a health care worker who helps to teach clients to effectively cope with their limitations in movement, daily functioning and activity. A PTA works under the supervision of a physiotherapist
RHCP: A Registered Health Care Professional / Provider is one who provides health care services and, under the Regulated Health Professions Act, must be registered with his or her college, in order to practice their profession.
RSW: Rehabilitation Support Worker is a health care provider who follows rehabilitation goals prescribed by a number of RHCPs. RSWs implement functional activities designed from these goals and practice them with the client in their natural community based setting.
SLP: A Speech Language Pathologistis a registered professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech, language and / or the cognitive skills required to communicate.
SW: A social worker is a registered professional concerned with helping individual and families to enhance their individual and collective well-being. They help people develop their skills and abilities to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.
TA: Therapy Assistant is a college trained individual who has a degree/diploma in a specialized health care field. They are trained to support Registered Health Care Professionals (RHCP) in their specified fields. Examples of Therapy Assistants are CDAs, OTAs, and PTAs.