SUMMARY:

An Occupational Therapist (OT) enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

https://www.aota.org/conference-events/otmonth/what-is-ot.aspx

There are 8 areas of occupation that OTs are trained in:

  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)

  • Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs)

  • Sleep and rest.

  • Work.

  • Education.

  • Play.

  • Leisure.

  • Social participation.

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) offers various board and specialty certifications in areas such as:

  1. Gerontology

  2. Mental Health

  3. Pediatrics

  4. Physical Rehabilitation

  5. Driving and Community Mobility

  6. Environmental Modification

  7. Feeding, Eating, and Swallowing

  8. Low Vision

  9. School Systems

DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Review patients’ medical history, ask the patients questions, and observe them doing tasks

  • Evaluate a patient’s condition and needs

  • Develop a treatment plan for patients, identifying specific goals and the types of activities that will be used to help the patient work toward those goals

  • Help people with various disabilities perform different tasks, such as teaching a stroke victim how to get dressed

  • Demonstrate exercises—for example, stretching the joints for arthritis relief—that can help relieve pain in people with chronic conditions

  • Evaluate a patient’s home or workplace and, on the basis of the patient’s health needs, identify potential improvements, such as labeling kitchen cabinets for an older person with poor memory

  • Educate a patient’s family and employer about how to accommodate and care for the patient

  • Recommend special equipment, such as wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients on how to use that equipment

  • Assess and record patients’ activities and progress for patient evaluations, for billing, and for reporting to physicians and other healthcare providers

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/occupational-therapists.htm#tab-2

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 8+ months of work experience as an Occupational Therapist

  • Active Occupational Therapist License in state(s) of practice

  • Valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, or State ID)

  • Current TB screen

  • BLS Certification

  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

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