Occupational therapy aides, under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected, or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patients and the treatment room.
Occupational therapy aides' job is to work under the supervision of occupational therapists and prepare treatment areas, set up therapy equipment, clean treatment areas and equipment, transport patients, help them with billing and insurance forms, and perform clerical tasks, including scheduling appointments and answering telephones.
How to become an occupational therapy aide? They attend to patients’ physical needs to facilitate the attainment of therapeutic goals. They report to therapists, verbally or in writing, on patients' progress, attitudes, attendance, and accomplishments. A therapist's aide observes patients' attendance, progress, attitudes, and accomplishments, and records and maintains the information in client records. They also maintain materials and equipment and an inventory of treatment and educational supplies.
Training in vocational school with related on the job experience is required for occupational therapy aide salary. Skills required include good communication, interpersonal skills, assisting and caring for others, and critical thinking and problem-solving. Candidates should be able to use computers and operate billing software, medical records, word-processing and spreadsheets. A therapist’s aide should possess knowledge of therapy and counselling, psychology, medicine, public safety and general administration.
In order to succeed and advance as an occupational therapy aide, one should patiently listen to their clients with diligence, smiles, and even some humour in their time together.
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