Occupational Therapy AssistantOccupational therapy assistants lead patients through exercises and rehabilitative treatments designed by occupational therapists. They also teach patients how to operate wheelchairs, get around their homes, and conserve energy during physically exerting activities. Additionally, occupational therapy assistants keep track of patients' daily activities to ensure they're not over extending themselves. They also maintain records, correspond with insurance companies during billing disputes, and notify occupational therapists when patients' treatment plans are ineffective.
Weekly hours for occupational therapy assistants vary by organization. Healthcare providers, occupational therapy clinics, and outpatient therapy facilities are typically open during nights and weekends to accommodate clients' schedules.
Career Training and Education
Occupational therapy assistants are required to hold associate's degrees. Many vocational and community colleges offer accredited programs in occupational therapy.
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