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Arthritis At Home Episode 23: Telehealth and a joint-friendly workspace during COVID-19 with Michelle Bridge

It’s World Autoimmune/Autoinflammatory Arthritis Awareness Day! For #AiArthritisDay, we’re excited to share the twenty-third episode of #ArthritisAtHome, featuring Michelle Bridge, an Occupational Therapist who works as an Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care (ACPAC) within Arthritis Society‘s Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program, covering Windsor-Essex county in Ontario. In this interview, Michelle provides tips and tricks for maximizing your telehealth appointment with an occupational therapist. She also provides helpful information on how to set up a joint-friendly workspace at home. #WellnessWednesday

Michelle is a member, in good standing, of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario; the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists; the Arthritis Health Professions Association and is a constituent of its ACPAC Special Interest Group committee; and internationally, she is also a member of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals. Her professional objectives focus on delivering best-practice rheumatological healthcare; improving access to care for pediatric and adult patients with arthritis; and strengthening healthcare capacity while enhancing inter-professional care with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes. She has been with Arthritis Society for nearly 6 years, coming from an occupational therapy background in chronic pain management, homecare, and return-to-work, and 8 years experience working in kinesiology.

Visit Arthritis At Home online: https://arthritisathome.jointhealth.org

Check out these helpful resources for patients
Arthritis Consumer Experts: What you need to know about arthritis in the workplace: 
https://jointhealth.org/programs-bestarthritisworkplaces.cfm?locale=en-CA

Arthritis Society: Arthritis & Work: 
https://arthritis.ca/support-education/online-learning/arthritis-and-work

Arthritis Society: Stretches for the Workplace (Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVFuoAtw3p0

Arthritis Society: Navigating your healthcare: https://arthritis.ca/support-education/online-learning/navigating-your-healthcare

Check out these helpful resources for occupational therapists
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists: COVID-19 Practice Supports: 
https://www.caot.ca/site/pt/COVID-19?nav=sidebar#Forum

College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario: Guidelines for Telepractice in Occupational Therapy: 
https://www.coto.org/resources/guidelines-for-telepractice-in-occupational-therapy

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