Occupational therapy aides work under the supervision of occupational therapists. They are part of a team that serves patients with all types of physical or mental health problems.
These professionals help and put in help to put into practice the work of occupational therapists, whose objective is that their patients are as independent as possible and that their quality of life improves the maximum, both at home and in the workplace and in the workplace. social life.
The occupational therapy team works with different types of patients, including:
- People with physical or / and intellectual disabilities.
- Older people, for example, people who have arthritis or who are recovering from a stroke.
- Patients who have left the hospital after having suffered an accident or an operation.
- Patients with mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.
Typically, occupational therapists first assess patients’ needs and then assign a treatment plan, which the occupational therapy aide will carry out and monitor.
However, occupational therapy aides can also be the first point of contact with patients, healthcare professionals, and other agencies by working with others in volunteer services, social services, and housing departments.
Occupational therapy aides are usually responsible for implementing the initial assessment made by occupational therapists. They ensure that the treatment set by the occupational therapist is carried out and implemented according to the established agenda.
Thus, these professionals, together with the housing departments, agencies and contractors, check that the devices and aids and adaptation elements are provided correctly, and that the treatment plan established by the occupational therapist is carried out on time.
Thanks to support and adaptation devices and elements, these people are more independent and live safer and more comfortably. These include adjustable toilet seats, wider doors, bathtub seats, grab handles, bars, and specialty showers. Occupational therapy aides help their patients perform everyday tasks, such as going to the bathroom, safely.
These professionals ensure that support and adaptive devices are tailored to the needs of the patient. They also work closely with him to get him used to them and show him how to use them.
In addition to supplies and devices, occupational therapy aides advise their patients on services that can help them, for example, from local authority departments, voluntary organizations, and charities. They also help them apply for financial assistance, such as an assistance grant, or apply to local authorities for financial assistance to adapt their home.
They also help occupational therapists provide skills training. For example, someone who has had an accident or stroke may need to relearn everyday tasks, such as washing, dressing, and cooking.
Helping the patient to feed himself includes teaching him to use adapted cutlery, for example designed to be used with one hand. The occupational therapy aide and the patient can plan meals together, so that the patient shows a new interest in cooking. Likewise, these professionals lead work groups and workshops in the field of occupational therapy.
While with their patients, these aides should carefully record the work they do with them, including writing reports and updating information from computer databases.
Occupational therapy aides often perform administrative tasks, such as answering the phone, photocopying, filing, and reporting equipment stocks.
Likewise, they should take care to record and inform the occupational therapist of any changes in the mental or physical health of the patient.
They work in various places, such as departments of the local authority (social assistance and housing) and in public health. They also work in places such as hospitals, residences and the patients’ own homes.