Occupational Therapist (OT)

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Occupational therapists (OT) help people get back to everyday activities — the “jobs of living” (occupations). They help the patient change some part of their life — by developing skills, improving physical and emotional abilities, adapting the environment or changing the way they do activities — so the patient can better cope with aging, disease, injury or illness.

What Do Occupational Therapists Do?

  • Teach patients how to use medical or adaptive equipment to overcome barriers and make life easier (for example: ergonomic office tools, power wheelchairs, kitchen utensils)
  • Develop a patient’s skills to cope with anxiety, stress, decreased energy or the normal aging process
  • Develop a patient’s skills to handle problems with memory, attention, organization or perception
  • Problem solve with a patient to discover and teach new ways to perform household chores, hobbies or work activities

Where Do Occupational Therapists Work?

  • Hospitals or Healthcare Centres
  • Long-Term Care Facilities
  • Health Clinics
  • Schools
  • Communities

Occupational Therapists at AHS

Alberta Health Services employs over 1,100 occupational therapists.

What Are the Credentials of an Occupational Therapist?

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