What is Occupational Therapy? Why Would I Need an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy (OT) is a healthcare specialty that works on improving a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks. Typically patients who seek occupational therapy suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition. The goal of occupational therapy is to help patients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.

Occupational therapists help patients to perform all types of daily activities like work and school activities, using equipment like computers or cars, or caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating. For patients with permanent disabilities, occupational therapists teach patients how to use adaptive equipment, including wheelchairs, hearing aids, eating aids, and dressing aids.

Occupational therapy can be used for all ages. Typical reasons why people seek occupational therapy are: spinal cord injuries, stroke, head injuries, work injuries, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, children with learning disabilities, and infants or toddlers who have, or are at risk of having, developmental delays.

How do I select the best occupational therapist?

When selecting an occupational therapist, you should consider the following factors:

1. Location: Make sure the occupational therapist is within a reasonable travel distance.

2. Specialty: Verify the occupational therapist specializes in care of the patient's medical condition.

3. Patient age group: Some occupational therapists specialize in a specific age group, like children or seniors. Please verify the therapist treats people in the patient's age group.

4. Insurance: Verify the occupational therapist takes your insurance.

5. Availability: Occupational therapist office hours can vary and sometimes be limited. Pick an occupational therapist that fits your schedule (and is accepting new patients).

6. Quality care: Does the occupational therapist provide quality care? Patients often need a skilled professional with patience and compassion to guide them on the road to recovery. Research if current (and previous) patients receive quality care.

7. Recommendations: Ask family and friends if they recommend any occupational therapist in your area. Benefit from their experiences by learning about the good providers and the providers you should avoid.

8. Reviews: Reviews are such a valuable research tool. They contain helpful advice on which providers give quality care, which need improvement, and which go above and beyond for their patients.

How can WhereToFindCare.com help you find the best occupational therapist?

Use WhereToFindCare.com as a research tool to find quality occupational therapists near you. To get started, use the search tool below.

For each occupational therapist in the search results, you can see the address, phone number, fax number, photos, description, reviews, services provided, insurance accepted, hours of operation, ratings, and much more.*

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