What Actually Do Occupational Therapists Do?
Some people still don’t quite understand what occupational therapy is and what an occupational therapist actually does. Here’s what the Royal College of Occupational Therapist has to say on the matter…
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
We have a “holistic view”
Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential. We call this the holistic view.
Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
Have you read our other blog on occupational therapy?
“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be an essential day-to-day task such as self-care, work or leisure.
Think about your day-to-day life; would you be able to cope or live fully if you didn’t have access to the internet? Or couldn’t get out of bed in the morning?
What do we do?
Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities. They can work in a variety of settings including health organisations, social care services, housing, education, voluntary organisations or as independent practitioners.
We play a critical role
Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.