Occupational Therapy Aide Job Responsibilities:
Helps occupational therapy clients by preparing treatment area, patient, equipment, and materials; helping patients complete occupational therapy assignments.
Occupational Therapy Aide Job Duties:
- Prepares occupational therapy treatment rooms and treatment areas for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
- Prepares patients for occupational therapy treatment by welcoming, comforting, escorting, and/or assisting patients into occupational therapy treatment rooms and treatment areas.
- Provides information and comfort to occupational therapy patients by listening to questions and requests; relaying concerns and questions to occupational therapy assistants and therapists; allaying fears.
- Helps treat patients by demonstrating the proper use of equipment and occupational therapy routines; helping patients practice techniques, such as, the proper methods of moving from a bed into a wheelchair; helping patients practice the best ways to stretch and limber muscles; monitoring the implementation of the therapy assistants’ and therapists’ instructions; ensuring that activities are performed correctly.
- Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
- Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
- Provides equipment and supplies by sterilizing and delivering equipment and supplies to treatment areas; positioning equipment for therapist access and patient treatment.
- Ensures operation of occupational therapy equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.
- Maintains occupational therapy supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; completing supply requisitions; verifying receipt of supplies.
- Serves and protects the occupational therapy practice by adhering to professional standards, hospital policies and procedures, federal, state, and local requirements, and JCAHO standards.
- Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading technical publications.
- Enhances occupational therapy services reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
Occupational Therapy Aide Skills and Qualifications:
Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Medical Teamwork, Procedural Skills, Use of Medical Technologies, Bedside Manner, Inventory Control, Organization, Attention to Detail, Thoroughness, Verbal Communication