Occupational therapists are responsible for helping people with injuries, disabilities, and illnesses to carry out everyday activities, to lead as normal life as possible. They help people to recover, develop, and improve their daily life skills. They are also responsible for showing people how to use wheelchairs, leg braces, eating aids or any other adaptive device that is required.
To be a professional occupational therapist, you need a Bachelor’s Degree in specific areas of coursework such as biology and physiology before you can apply for a Master’s Degree. Obtaining a Master’s will typically take two years. Some places will offer a dual Bachelor and Master’s program which takes five years to complete. You will also be required to have completed several months of supervised fieldwork to gain experience and insight into the real life world of Adelaide occupational therapy.
You must have excellent communication skills; you must be a good listener and be able to convey instructions and notes in writing as well as verbally. A high standard of interpersonal skills is also required along with a very high level of patience.
The job of an occupational therapist is demanding and varied. You will be responsible for watching people perform everyday tasks and reviewing their medical history. You will need to be able to evaluate a person’s needs and their condition and establish the correct treatment plan, tailored individually to each patient’s requirements.
You will help people of all ages and all different types of condition to carry out tasks to help them in their daily life. You will do things such as helping the elderly to lead more active and independent lives; educational settings with children who are disabled and helping people to create functional working environments so that they can continue to be employed.
You will be responsible for evaluating workplaces and homes and identify how it needs to be changed to accommodate the person, provide education to employers and families and instruction on how to use equipment that may be necessary on a day to day basis. You will also be responsible for on-going assessment and treatment plans.
You may also be working very closely with people who suffer from disorders such as alcoholism, drug abuse, or depression. An occupational therapist is responsible for helping you to live your life as close to normality as possible and for helping less abled people to live an independent life where possible.