What is an Occupational Therapist
An Occupational Therapist employs a centered client oriented approach that aims in enabling and supporting individuals living with injuries, disabilities or illness and assist them to maximize their reserve potential, in order to live a dignified serene life. The role of an OT encompasses numerous analytical, assessment, great communication skills and exceptional liaison attributes. An OT also recognizes that in order to deliver a holistic care approach, they must work hand in hand with other multidisciplinary professionals like Physiotherapist, Hand therapist, Speech Therapist, Doctors, Dieticians and so forth to ensure that client’s needs are met.
In order to ensure that the care delivered to a client is holistic, an OT integrate and involve clients, client’s family, including those that will be involved in the provision of care. An OT achieves this by setting realistic goals, recognizing that each client is unique with their condition; therefore each care plan made must be tailored to specifically mark their needs.
An OT also monitors clients progression and evaluates whether a clients has reached their goals or not. They revise and review client’s goals, and foresee if certain task requires modifications or certain skills needs to be taught depending upon the client status of rehabilitation. An OT also make certain that the physical environment surrounding a client should be conducive and favorable, for example if a client is on a wheel chair, then simple alteration in the layout of his room should be constructive in a way that will be make things easy to access.
Since an OT will work with a diverse range of people coming from different walks of life and backgrounds. It is essential that an OT in New Zealand should be culturally competent to ensure sensitive method of care plans are being followed and abide to. Furthermore, since they will be dealing with challenging beings, cerebral palsy cases, traumatic brain...