Occupational Therapist

Our occupational therapists help our patients of all
ages to improve, maintain their skills for day-to-day
activities and their well-being.  Like so to regain your
ability to perform activities of work life.

Position Description

An occupational therapist is a health professional who is responsible for helping patients regain their ability to perform daily living and work activities. Their patients have generally lost these abilities because of mental, physical, developmental, or emotional conditions.

This is one member of a rehabilitation team that may also include a physical therapist, speech pathologist, psychologist, and social worker. Occupational therapists may work with specific populations such as children or the elderly, or they may work in specialized settings, including mental health institutions and skilled nursing facilities.

Occupational Therapist Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assisting the physician in evaluating level of function, and helping develop the plan of care (revising it as necessary)
  • Administer treatment program as prescribed by physician.
  • Advising and consults with the family and  other agency personnel.
  • Provide training in proper use of prosthetic devices and adaptive equipment.
  • Instruct other members of the health care team in maintaining therapeutic, creative and self-care activities.
  • Preparing clinical and progress notes of services in keeping with the agency policies and procedures.
  • Participate in in-service programs, team meetings, case conferences, PI activities and other assigned meeting.
  • Provide facility with required license and/or certification and necessary information to be able to verify experience.
  • Accepts only those assignments for which she/he is qualified.
  • Complies with all agency policies and procedures including HIPAA.
  • Communicates with agency about any problem or concerns.
  • Complies with the State regulatory acts.
  • Monitors and supervises the occupational therapist assistant.
  • Uphold strict confidentiality of all patient/agency information.
  • Respects patient rights, cultural beliefs.

Occupational Therapist Skills & Competencies

  • Patience.
  • Determination.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An interest in working closely with people.
  • Good teamworking skills.
  • Ability to find solutions to problems.

Work Environment

Occupational therapists may frequently travel between healthcare facilities. There is some office work involved but in general, they’ll spend a lot of time standing with patients. The job may also entail lifting patients and heavy equipment.

Work Schedule

Most occupational therapists work full time, but it’s possible to work part time. The hours can vary greatly. They may work nights or weekends, as needed, to accommodate patients’ schedules.

  • Assisting in evaluating level of function.
  • Helping develop the plan of care.
  • Administer treatment program prescribed.
  • Preparing clinical and progress notes of services.
  • Uphold strict confidentiality of all patient/agency information.
  • Respects patient rights, cultural beliefs.