• Occupational Therapists
  • Health Science
  • Occupational therapists treat injured, ill, or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.

What do they typically do

  • Observe patients doing tasks, ask them questions, and review their medical history
  • Evaluate a patient's condition and needs
  • Develop a treatment plan for patients, structuring the types of activities and specific goals to accomplish
  • Help people who have various disabilities with different tasks, such as leading a child with autism in play activities
  • Demonstrate exercises like joint stretches for arthritis relief to help relieve pain for people with chronic conditions
  • Evaluate a patient's home or workplace to suggest improvements such as labeling kitchen cabinets for a person with poor memory
  • Educate a patient's family and employer about how to accommodate and care for the patient
  • Recommend special equipment like wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients in using that equipment

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