Occupational therapy is an important health care field that deals with the use of interventions and assessment to improve, rehabilitate, maintain, improve, or develop the meaningful activities, professions, and skills of people, groups, and communities. It is a complementary health profession usually performed by registered nurses and other occupational therapist assistants. There are different types of occupational therapy, each dealing with specific aspects of an individual’s body and with the help of a patient, he or she can gain back the confidence they lost due to their disease. The most common occupation of the occupational therapist is physical therapy. This is one of the most popular careers in physical therapy today, as it is able to provide an excellent income to the patient and to the occupational therapist, who are also receiving good training for this line of work.
The first step in occupational therapy is evaluating the patient’s condition and evaluating the occupational needs, in order to decide what kind of intervention will be most beneficial for him. An occupational therapist then conducts research to determine the occupational requirements of the patient, and the patient’s medical history to establish his current condition and the occupational requirement of the patient. A trained therapist will conduct physical therapy with the patient to determine the strengths and weaknesses of his or her physical health. Occupational therapists are also able to assess the emotional and mental state of the patient before and during the intervention. After assessing the physical and emotional state of the patient, the occupational therapist will then create a treatment plan specifically for the patient.
Occupational therapist also helps patients suffering from certain medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and arthritis. This occupation involves a lot of patient-centered care, which includes patient education, assessment, planning, implementation, and follow-up. Occupational therapy also provides information to the patient on his or her condition and the need of the patient for occupational therapy. Occupational therapist also performs various interventions in order to achieve optimum health and well-being of the patient. Occupational therapist also assists the patients with their rehabilitation by helping them in performing simple activities such as bathing and dressing, eating, walking, and sitting.