Positions as a senior occupational therapist are available in a wide variety of locations, ranging from government departments to senior living homes. Many of these positions require a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. Most require relevant experience in a similar environment, in addition to certifications. Most commonly, this includes the National Certification Examination for Registered Occupational Therapists, although requirements vary by position and location.
The exact duties of senior occupational therapists may depend on the specific position, but these professionals generally provide occupational therapy services to patients. This includes an initial assessment and planning treatments, which can vary based on the severity of a case and the patient’s expected recovery time. Every step of the therapy process must be documented and carefully explained to all parties to ensure full understanding. These steps must also follow the standard practices for therapy, as well as policies and procedures set by their company and government regulators. As a senior-level position, there is generally minimal supervision, so senior occupational therapists must be able to work independently.
Senior occupational therapists work indoors, and travel is generally not required. Communications may include referrals to specialists and contact with other family members. There are generally minimal physical requirements necessary for the job, while work hours typically vary depending on the needs of the employer.
Senior Occupational Therapist Tasks
Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine rehabilitation goals for patient.
Help clients improve decision making, abstract reasoning, memory, sequencing, coordination and perceptual skills using computer programs.
Select and recommend activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills consistent with their needs and capabilities.
Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs and coordinate with other therapeutic activities.
Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress in patient's chart or computer database.