OT practice areas:
Mental health care settings
These can include schools and universities or if needed a separate setting where we can assist clients with ranging abilities and ages through treatment programs , environmental modifications ( including consultations on barrier-free classrooms , Cafeterias and safer playground equipment) or training programs for educators and parents.
We can work in all levels of governmental settings where we can provide disability prevention/management programs and initiatives , accessibility , vocational/ health planning , and health promotion
We can work hand in hand with building industry professionals like architects , contractors and designers regarding implementing UNIVERSAL DESIGN in our community. We can also collaborate with tourist and travel agencies to make sure that everyone with no exception can fully engage in recreational activities. That also got me thinking in how we can even serve furniture and decor stores in modification or adaptation suiting customer’s needs.
“To ensure clients achieve optimal function at home, work or play, occupational therapists consult in seating and positioning, mobility, wheelchair prescription, computer technology, and environmental controls. The occupational therapist may educate potential users of the equipment, determine prerequisite skills, train the client and caregiver in technology, and evaluate the home, work or community environment for barrier-free access.” CAOT
“More and more occupational therapists are working closely with employers, employees and unions to prevent work-related injuries and to reduce on-the-job stress. Occupational therapists conduct ergonomic assessments, job analyses and functional capacity evaluations. They also recommend work site modifications and design return-to-work and disability management programs.” CAOT
which is an area that we seem to be lacking , and not paying so much attention to.The good news is that its never too late to start ! If you feel that you have an idea in mind don’t hesitate to write a proposal and present it to a research center here in riyadh.
“Research is essential in working out which treatments work better for patients.That means clinical trials play an important role in discovering new treatments, and making sure we use existing treatments in the best way possible.” National institute for health research
Long-term care settings
We can design and provide activities for clients living in residential ,senior homes and nursing care settings to maintain, improve and prevent physical and/or mental health problems. We can also assist in developing or choosing programs in the facility . Those can include volunteer programs, or provide in-services for staff and caregivers education and more.
Which can be such a wide range of services such as pre-employment functional capacity evaluation , hand writing programs , home care , injury prevention , return-to-work programs, hand therapy and splinting, stress management or caregiver education and so much more.