What's a occupational therapist do?
Being an Occupational Therapist is about helping people increase their independence and aiding someone's ability to be as functional as they can be in their life. For example, can someone complete their required daily activities? Such as: getting out of bed, getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, putting together complicated meals, driving, higher-level thinking, etc. Or anything they might need to do during the day to take care of themselves. Often the types of patients who need us have suffered major life events, so this might include people who have been in car accidents, amputees, someone who has had a stroke, a chronic illness, a heart transplant, or cancer. We help these patients get back to life and be as independent as possible despite their injury or illness.