Occupational Therapists help people with impairments or disabilities caused by developmental issues and mental and physical conditions. They help people improve their ability to move around and live as autonomously as possible by working closely with patients on one-to-one therapy sessions designated to develop or recover physical coordination and anatomical functions. Occupational therapists usually work in hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and private practices.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Meets the patient’s goals and needs and provides quality care by assessing and interpreting evaluations and test results; determining occupational therapy treatment plans in consultation with physicians or by prescription.
2. Helps patient develop or regain physical or mental functioning or adjust to disabilities by implementing programs involving manual arts and crafts, practice in functional, prevocational, vocational, and homemaking skills, activities of daily living and sensory motor, educational, recreational, and social activities; directing aides, technicians, and assistants.
3. Promotes maximum independence by selecting and constructing therapies according to individual’s physical capacity, intelligence level, and interest.
4. Prepares patient for return to employment by consulting with employers; determining potential employee difficulties; retraining employees; helping employers understand necessary physical and job result accommodations.
5. Evaluates results of occupational therapy by observing, noting and evaluating patient’s progress; recommending and implementing adjustments and modifications.
6. Completes discharge planning by consulting with physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health care workers; contributing to patient care conferences.
7. Assures continuation of therapeutic plan following discharge by designing and instructing patients, families and caregivers I home exercise programs; recommending and/or providing assistive equipment; recommending outpatient or home health follow-up programs.
8. Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records.
9. Maintains patient confidence and protects hospital operations by keeping information confidential.
10. Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
11. Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection control policies and protocols.
12. Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
13. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
14. Develops occupational therapy staff by providing information; developing and conducting in-service training programs.
15. Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
16. Facilitates development and rehabilitation of patients with mental, emotional and physical disabilities by planning and administering medically prescribed occupational therapy.
17. Work with children and adults of all ages, whose difficulties may have been present since birth, or the result of an accident, illness, ageing or lifestyle.
18. Occupational therapists create individual treatment programs to help people carry out their daily tasks and with more confidence and independence.
19. May suggest changes to the person’s environment, whether that be at home, work or school, and may introduce the use of equipment which will help with some activities.
20. Occupational therapists review the treatments periodically, evaluate progress and make changes to the treatment as needed.
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a. Exhibits professionalism and excellent interpersonal communication skills.
b. Has a high standard of medical ethics, sense of responsibility.
c. English language proficiency.
Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy