Thursday, April 30, 2009

Occupational therapy can be a rewarding career

by Sophia Tasoulis

April is Occupational Therapy Month. The occupational therapists at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore kicked off the month with a demonstration booth near the cafeteria at Sinai on April 6, educating the public and Sinai employees about the vital role occupational therapy plays here.

There are 20 occupational therapists on the staff at Sinai Hospital. Occupational therapists can be found working throughout the hospital - we treat everyone, from the tiniest newborns in the NICU to geriatric patients.

Overall, occupational therapists tend to focus on making their patients as independent and as safe as possible through a variety of treatment options. Some of the occupational therapies we employ include:
  • activities of daily living, such as feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming and toileting
  • coordination of the upper extremities
  • balance and functional mobility
  • assisting with equipment adaptations
  • safety
  • vision and perception
  • sensation education
  • work conditioning
  • energy conservation techniques
  • safe driving techniques
  • home modification
  • building strength and endurance
The demand for occupational therapy has increased and it is currently ranked as one of the hottest jobs in health care, especially with the aging of the baby boomer generation.

The job has many perks. It is rewarding to see patients make progress, regain their independence and return to a productive lifestyle as soon as possible. Occupational therapists form strong bonds with patients and their families, as well as their peers on the treatment team, all of whom are committed to helping our patients achieve a maximum level of function.

For more information about career opportunities in occupational therapy, click here.

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