Occupational therapists (OTs) are commonly known as experts in self-care, task analysis, and functional performance. Part of our job as therapists is to retrain patients on how to care for themselves after an injury or illness including bathing, grooming, feeding, toileting, and dressing.
Many therapists may underestimate the knowledge, skills, and hard work that are associated with owning a private practice. The core of our education as therapists focuses on the human body, the mind, and how to rehabilitate each of these aspects to promote health, wellness, and functional performance in our patients.
While some people would rather live and work in a rural setting than anywhere else, many therapists and other healthcare professionals opt for big city jobs at large, prominent hospitals and treatment facilities. There are many appealing aspects of rural living, and working in this setting also affords therapists the opportunity to meet many residents who play a big part in their town.
Occupational therapists work with nearly everyone on the healthcare team. Here's how to communicate your thoughts clearly and concisely to make sure your client's needs are known.
As healthcare professionals, it's crucial to be aware of all aspects of systemic health, including mental health. However, many OTs don't receive the education they need in order to fully understand how to successfully treat patients with these conditions.
How do you know if it's time to fire your OT? How many excuses can someone have for poor job performance, constantly showing up late, or upsetting patients before it's time? Could they just be having a rough week? Read on to find out.
Being a new graduate in any field can be scary, especially when you are an occupational therapist. One way to smooth some of the turbulent waves that come with your first few years in practice is to find good support. Mentorship will take your career to the next level.