April is OT Month and all this month we’ve been discussing the role of occupational therapists (OTs). OTs work with a wide population ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. In the home setting with adults with physical impairments, OTs may work with individuals whose diagnoses include:
OTs may work in the home with people on functional daily living skills that include:
Another important role of the OT may include providing clients with home safety information, performing a home safety assessment, and making recommendations that can improve the safety and independence in the home.
The AARP recommends OTs be utilized to assist people in identifying ways to improve home safety and for recommending home modifications. Some OTs choose to become certified in the area of home modification. Some earn the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) designation by taking courses through the National Home Builders Association. Other OTs earn specialty certification in environmental modification through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the national association for OTs.
To learn more about occupational therapy, check out the following links: Occupational Therapy: Helping America Age in Place, AARP