Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help patients of all ages who have limited abilities establish, develop and/or maintain the ability to complete daily functions and tasks. Through regular therapy sessions, occupational therapists work with patients, focusing on their individual needs to help them achieve improved quality of life and a sense of independence.

  • Helps patient to develop, recover, or maintain daily living and work skills
  • Aids patients in improving their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities
  • Assists patients in performing all types of activities, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs, such as dressing, cooking and eating
  • Incorporates physical exercises to increase patients’ strength and dexterity
  • Uses computer programs to help patients improve decision-making, abstract reasoning, problem solving, perceptual skills, memory, sequencing and coordination
  • Instructs patients with permanent disabilities in the use of adaptive equipment, such as wheelchairs and orthotics
  • Designs or makes special equipment needed at home or work
  • Develops computer-aided adaptive equipment
  • Arranges employment, evaluates work environment, plans work activities, and assesses the patient’s progress; collaborates with the patient and employer to modify the work environment, so work can be successfully completed
  • Provides guidance to family members and caregivers in safe and effective methods of caring for individuals
  • Evaluates patients’ progress and prepares reports that detail progress
  • Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting

Occupational Therapists work in a variety of work settings, including rehabilitation/outpatient facilities, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Evening and weekend work may be required in order to fit patient schedules. The job is physically demanding. Occupational Therapists are required to stand for long periods of time. They spend considerable time stooping, kneeling and crouching. PTs move heavy equipment. They assist with patient transfers and lifts or help them turn, stand or walk. So, to guard against back injury, they must follow proper body mechanics and procedures for lifting/moving patients.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduate of an accredited OT program
  • Current OT license, in good standing with the State licensing board
  • Cognitive skills as related to the position