Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to rehabilitate after injury or illness. Rehabilitation areas that occupational therapists work in include:
- Helping people regain or enhance participation in the occupations of everyday life after specific events such as a hip replacement, spinal injury or stroke, or within a condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis
- Assessing and modifying homes and community environments to improve safety and independence
- Prescribing and educating clients and carers in the use of adaptive equipment to assist participation
- Manufacturing or providing splints after hand or upper limb injury
- Ergonomic assessments and modifications in the home, workplace or community
Occupational therapists often provide services within workplaces to assist individuals in their ability to meet the functional requirements to complete their work, supporting both their physical and emotional wellbeing. They work within the government, private and insurance sectors to assist in the prevention of workplace injuries and implement strategies for a successful return to work after an injury or illness.
For people who may have been unable work due to a long term disability or illness, an occupational therapist can plan and support their entry into the workforce.