Occupational therapists enable people across all ages to live life to its fullest despite illness, injury or disability. This April is Occupational Therapist Awareness month and we want to put the spotlight on these incredible individuals, who help people recover from injury, regain skills and provide support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

It’s a profession that dates back to the early 1900s. When you experience injury or a disability, often you need help through recovery and your return to everyday life – that’s where the occupational therapists come in.

They closely work with the patients by reviewing their medical history, asking the patient questions and observing them doing tasks. This better helps them evaluate how to proceed with a treatment plan. They identify specific goals and the types of activities that will be used to help the patient work toward those goals. Each road to recovery is paved uniquely for the patient.

Occupational therapists are also found in educational and mental health settings. Occupational therapists will evaluate disabled children’s abilities and modify classroom equipment to accommodate the children with certain disabilities while helping them participate in school activities. Among mental health settings, they help patients who suffer from developmental disabilities, mental illness, or emotional problems. The skills they teach can range from managing time, using public transportation, and performing household chores.

It’s a career that requires a holistic perspective and strong desire to connect with people. It’s a critical role that makes a difference for countless lives.

Thank you to all the occupational therapists out there!

Learn more about occupational therapy at Memorial Healthcare here.