Occupational Therapist (OT)

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 health care 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?