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Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does an ergonomic assessment cost in Calgary?

Basic ergonomic assessments with OT2U Ltd. are $125.00 per person when booked for a minimum of 3 employees at a time. 

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Advanced ergonomic assessments with OT2U Ltd. are $250.00 per person when booked for a minimum of 3 employees at a time or these can be booked by individuals for $300.00. 

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What is involved in an assessment?

An ergonomic assessment involves the systematic evaluation of various factors in the workplace to ensure that the environment, equipment, and tasks are designed to fit the needs of the workers and minimize their risk of injury or discomfort. Here's what typically happens during an ergonomic assessment:

Observation: The assessor observes the workers in their natural work environment, paying attention to their postures, movements, and work habits. This helps identify any potential ergonomic risks or issues.


Interview: The assessor will gather information from the employee about their work routines, any discomfort they may experience, and any specific challenges they face related to their tasks or workstations.


Workstation Evaluation: The assessor examines the design and layout of workstations, including the arrangement of furniture, tools, and equipment. They assess factors such as desk height, chair ergonomics, monitor placement, and lighting conditions to ensure they support good posture and minimize strain.


Task Analysis: The assessor analyzes the tasks performed by workers to understand the physical demands involved. This includes examining repetitive motions, force exertion, and awkward postures that may increase the risk of musculoskeletal injuries.


Documentation and Measurement: The assessor may use various tools and techniques to document their findings, such as checklists and photographs. They may also use measurement devices to quantify factors like reach distances and the height of equipment. 

 

Recommendations: Based on their assessment, the assessor provides recommendations for ergonomic improvements. These may include ergonomic workstation setup guidelines, modifications to equipment or tools, changes to work processes, or recommendations for training on proper ergonomic techniques.


Follow-Up: In some cases, the assessor may conduct follow-up evaluations to assess the effectiveness of implemented ergonomic interventions and make further adjustments as needed.


Overall, an ergonomic assessment aims to create a safer, more comfortable, and efficient work environment by addressing ergonomic risk factors and promoting the well-being of employees.

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How much time does the occupational therapist take to do an assessment?

In a basic ergonomic assessment, an occupational therapist will perform a 20-30 minute evaluation of the individual's workstation, making adjustments as necessary to improve the employee's overall comfort and well-being. At the end of the assessment, the individual and employer will be provided with a checklist of changes made and equipment recommendations. 

In an advanced ergonomic assessment, an occupational therapist will perform a 45-60-minute evaluation of the individual's workstation and go more in-depth with the individual about their pre-existing concerns. At the end of the assessment, the individual and employer will be provided with a full-report, detailing the history of the worker’s concerns, interventions trialed to date, before and after photographs of the workplace setup, measurements of current equipment in place, and recommended equipment, stretches and community referrals that will help to improve the employee's overall comfort and well-being.

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Why would someone choose an Advanced Ergonomic Assessment over a Basic Ergonomic Assessment?

Advanced ergonomic assessments are recommended for any workers with a pre-existing health concern such as neck, back or wrist pain that they notice worsens during their workday. Employers and employees appreciate the detailed reporting and suggestions that are included with an advanced assessment. 


Basic ergonomic assessments are recommended for those without pre-existing health concerns. A basic assessment is ideal for those looking to prevent repetitive strain injuries and discomfort from developing. 

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What’s an indication an ergonomic assessment is needed?

- An employee has recently moved into their office and you’re looking to ensure they’re set up with a proper ergonomic set up from the get go to prevent the  development of repetitive strain and workplace injuries


- An employee notices their discomfort increases throughout the workday and they are unsure how to manage the discomfort  

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What is the cost/benefit of ergonomics?

In a review of 63 studies by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, it was determined that ergonomic interventions resulted in an average of 50% less musculoskeletal disorders in employees, employee lost time was reduced by 65% and worker’s compensation claims were reduced by 44%. 


For every $1 spent by a company on ergonomics, a benefit of $6-19 was observed.

What are the benefits of aging in place?

Aging-in-place empowers seniors to exercise their choice, to stay in homes filled with memories, to maintain the social connections they’ve developed in their communities over the years, to have an easier time leaving their home when needed as they are familiar how to get to and from places from it and to go through their daily routines with greater ease as the environment is comforting and familiar. 


Establishing a clear plan for how one plans to remain at home instills aging parents and individuals with greater confidence and peace-of-mind around the future. 

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Can seniors in Alberta get financial help with Aging-In-Place?

Many insurance companies offer $500-750 in occupational therapy coverage each year. This could help cover the costs of 1:1 consultations and home modification assessments.

 

OT2U Ltd. is committed to making occupational therapy services accessible and offers sliding scale fees for those who are low-income and may not have access to insurance coverage.

 

There are also several free resources online to assist seniors plan how to age-in-place such as the Government of Canada’s Aging-in-Place Planning Tool.

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Am I able to book an Aging-in-Place or Home Modification Assessment on behalf of my aging parents?

It is normal to feel concerned about the changes we witness in our aging parents. Adult children often find participating in a planning session or home modification assessment alongside their elderly parents brings them greater peace of mind as they are surprised to learn how much their parents have already prepared for. 


Of course your parents’ consent is required, but many aging adults are relieved that their children have taken the reigns on booking a consult, as they recognized the need for support but didn’t know who to connect with. 


Often times our aging parents have thought about many of the factors that will make aging-in-place more challenging but when they’ve yet to implement the changes they’d like to, it’s often because it feels so overwhelming. 


Our occupational therapists can help families to identify a senior’s priorities and guide them in which changes to implement first, as well as, explore informal, community and paid supports, ensuring the senior is connected to the type of support that works best for them. 

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What programs does Calgary offer senior citizens?

There are numerous programs, services, and initiatives that support seniors in Calgary. Here you can find information on these programs and in the Age-Friendly Calgary monthly newsletters. Learn more...

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