Occupational Therapist Job

Occupational Therapists Job Desc

Occupational Therapists Job Description: Occupational Therapists (OTs) work to help people increase their overall ability to move and perform tasks associate with their day to day living and working skills. The majority of Occupational Therapists work with patients that have a variety of conditions that are related to the following conditions: mental health, physically challenged, developmentally challenged, or emotional issues. More often than not, they work with patients to assist them in developing, recovering and maintaining their daily living and operational (work) skills.  Their main goal is to assist their patients in recouping skills that will allow them to live an independently productive life.

One role of the Occupational Therapists job description is to instruct those with permanent disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy, in the use of adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, orthotics, and aids for eating and dressing. They also design or make special equipment needed at home or at work. Therapists develop computer-aided adaptive equipment and teach clients with severe limitations how to use that equipment in order to communicate better and control various aspects of their environment.

Working Conditions
Most often Occupational Therapists work in hospital settings, other health care related settings, and community organizations. An average work week for an Occupational Therapist in Canada is 35 hours with 27% of the Occupational Therapists working overtime. Approximately 1 out of 15 Occupational Therapists are self employed with the others working in a variety of settings. Of these 93% of the Occupational Therapists in Canada were female, with only 7% being male.

Most often, the Occupational Therapist job in Canada can be very demanding. This is due to the fact that many of the Occupational Therapists are standing and up on their feet the majority of the time. Those who provide home health care spend a great deal of time driving from place to place.

Occupational therapists perform some or all of the following duties:

Analyze clients' capabilities and expectations related to life activities through observation, interviews and formal assessments

Develop intervention programs to address clients' needs related to self-care, work and leisure activities

Maintain clients' records

Establish personalized care plans working as a member of an interdisciplinary team

Consult and advise on health promotion programs to prevent disabilities and to maximize independent function in all activities of life 

May supervise support personnel and students and provide training.

Occupational therapists may specialize in working with specific populations such as children or adults, or persons with distinct problems such as dementia, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain, or provide special interventions such as return-to-work programs.

Licensing in Canadian Provinces:

A degree as an Occupational Therapist from an accredited university.

Some provinces allow a graduate of an accredited occupational therapy program or technical school. This school or program must be approved by the WFOT (World Federation of Occupational Therapists).

Completion of a national Occupational Therapy certification program, which includes a competency examination.

Most provinces require licensure from an approved regulatory body.

Many provinces require the Occupational Therapist to be a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Most Occupational Therapists can get experience in other OT areas by attending training and other professional development opportunities.

Socialized Medicine
In Canada, Socialized Medicine makes sure that all Canadian citizens are assured medical care for themselves and their family under the Canadian health care system. This health care program provides Canadians preventative, as well as daily medical care from doctors. This ensures all Canadian citizens access to good medical and health care. Nearly all Canadian citizens, regardless of income or medical history qualify for this unique medical care.