Occupational Therapist (OT)

All about Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a client-specific health profession which is all about endorsing fitness and well-being through occupation.   OT’s work with the patient to enable them in achieving a fulfilled and satisfied position in life using meaningful activities or techniques. This helps in achieving results that support physical condition, prevent injury or disability and develop, advance, maintain the maximum level of self-government.

What are the kinds of work that occupational therapist/OT’s do:

Occupation therapists are involved with people of all age groups. OT’s work with children, rehabilitation and aged care, acute care, help in injury management and improving mental health.

  • OT’s focus on the developmental targets such as fine motor skills and hand-eye organization.

  • Evaluating and amending clients’ home and society settings to improve their safety and liberty.

  • Enabling patients recuperate or improve their everyday lives after events such as strokes or replacements in the body.

  • Making patients aware and educating them about various self-assisting functions.

  • Observing clients’ utilities and growth, prescribing adaptive tools to make sure the wellbeing of a patient upon discharge from hospitals.

  • Occupational therapist provides acute care in a variety of health conditions including surgical procedure, burns, HIV and acute psychological health.

  • Analyzing clients’ cognition, purpose and social needs.

  • They make use of particular review to find out the practical requirements of various jobs, and clients’ capability to return to work.

  • Changing the work situations to meet the needs of persons so as to avoid or reduce injuries.

  • Designing and organizing graded return to work programs.

  • Educating patients about safe work practices.

  • Developing coping tactics for clients in defeating their mental health concerns.

  • Improving clients’ self-assurance and self-respect in public situations.

  • Designing individual and group programs and behavior to improve clients’ independence in routine activities.

Occupational Therapy can also play a key role in the treatment and recuperation of patients who have hand or upper extremity injuries. OTs has a very important role in working in coordination with the hand surgeon/orthopaedic surgeon and patients employers or case managers in offering the best client-centred rehabilitation program. Since hand therapy is a specific field of occupational therapy, it needs a skilled and highly experienced occupational therapist that can be able to work and understand the seriousness of the case.

Where do OTR, PT and SLP’s work?

They mostly work as a part of an amalgamation of healthcare panel. They work in both private and public sectors and you can find them working in varied environments, which includes:

  • Community health centers

  • Public and private hospitals

  • Schools and education facilities

  • Private practice

  • Aged care facilities (SNF- Skilled nursing facilities)

  • Independent living and respite centers, and

  • Medical rehabilitation units

  • Home care services

  • Psychiatric clinics, hostels and hospitals

As a therapist, you’re like a catalyst to develop your patients’ quality of life in noteworthy and significant ways. And with Nationwide Health Group, you’ll be able to carry out these marvels in an assortment of settings, such as acute care hospitals, continuing care amenities, outpatient centers and schools.

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA)

The job of the COTA’s is more or less the same as OT’s. They don’t do evaluations or discharges. They work under the direction of occupational therapists. COTA’s spend much of their time in providing therapy to the patients and working with the patients in following a rehabilitation plan developed by an occupational therapist. Their duties are mainly to teach injured patients to stretch and strengthen muscles and skill developmentally disabled patients.