Patience and adaptability
To help patients to recover or maintain their independence with everyday activities, the occupational therapist assesses their needs, level of autonomy and functional abilities that have deteriorated due to an accident, illness or old age. They set up and supervise activity and exercise programmes and offer advice on how to re-organise the home or workplace accordingly.
The occupational therapist works in hospitals, medical/social care facilities, institutions, care homes or in the private sector.
Skills required: interpersonal skills – empathy – patience – ability to teach – creativity