Our Better Rehab teams across Australia are celebrating Occupational Therapy (OT) Week with events celebrating all the things we love about OT.
People often ask us, “What is occupational therapy?”
Occupational Therapy supports people of all abilities to engage in activities they find meaningful. This includes their work, play, self-care and productivity.
Occupational therapists use a “whole person” perspective to work with individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health and well-being through participation in the occupations of life.
The term “occupation” describes all the everyday things we do in our life–as well as the things we do to be who we are, the things we do to create a meaningful life and to engage with wider society and culture.
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what occupations are important to you, any current issues you may have in doing them, and understanding your goals. Occupational therapists will then work on any or all of the following to ensure you can participate in the occupations you need and want to do–enhancing your own personal life skills, adjusting the environment you do your occupations in, and adjusting the occupation itself.
Occupational therapists also help people to manage and live with long-term (chronic) health conditions, like arthritis, diabetes, and cancer to name a few. Occupational therapists are experts in the relationships between what people do and their health and well-being, and work with people to help make every day living easier.
Occupational therapists assist people to manage ongoing symptoms and prevent complications by:
- Building their knowledge and skills
- Finding new ways of doing activities
- Changing the environment to suit their needs
Occupational therapists can also prescribe, if necessary, devices and therapy equipment to help you do the activities you want and need to do. They will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.
Why is it called ‘Occupational’ Therapy?
“In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do.” (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists)
How can I find out more?
If you want to learn more about OT, please send us an email or call Better Rehab at:
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