Day in The Life as an Occupational Therapist

OT Tommy is here to answer that question! Based in Moonee Ponds, Tommy delivers occupational therapy services to LiveBig clients in the Greater Melbourne area. We asked him what he got up to on a working day as a consultant at LiveBig…

 

6.00 AM

Getting myself ready for the day – I wake up, have my breakfast and go out for a 20 minute walk in the park nearby. I find doing some exercise in the morning very helpful to refresh my mind. When I come back, I watch some news.

8.30 AM

Living in Melbourne, Covid-19 has changed the ways we live and we work. This is my work from home setup, check it out!

I always check my emails first to see if there are any urgent emails. I will then look at my work calendar to look at my appointments that I planned weeks before and I will send a text to my clients or their families to confirm the booking and ask them if they register any Covid-19 symptoms. Since most of my appointments start from 10am, I also read any notes and prepare session materials for the day. It is important to read the notes because most of my clients requires multi-disciplinary interventions, so that I keep myself updated of my clients’ progress.

9:00 AM

Depending on where my first client is located, I usually start to drive around 9 or 9:30. Typically, I have 2-4 clients a day, ranging from paediatrics to elderly. Depending on their diagnosis, I have to develop different interventions, e.g. ADLs training, sensory diet, equipment prescription, home modifications, psychosocial interventions etc. In our initial appointment, my client and I identify the issues that hinder their participation in their daily life activities, set up goals and we work towards the goals together.

In this climate, we also discuss how we are entertaining ourselves at home while we are in lockdown and share any recommendations. My bond with my clients has become even closer during lockdown, as we’ve been maintaining regular conversations when we aren’t seeing friends and family as often due to restrictions. My clients and I work as a team to figure out what works and is more suitable for them during lockdown.

12.00 PM 

Lunch time. I also use the time to do my documentation. And most importantly a power nap! Just to refresh my mind.

5:30 PM 

I usually finish my last client appointment by 5:00pm. I will complete any necessary documentation and case notes before I head back home for a shower. If I conduct my last appointment via telehealth, it means I can complete this work from the comfort of my home and relax straight after I’ve done my work, which is a bonus.

8:00 PM 

Lego time!! Before lockdown, I would usually do badminton training or play social games. Now, I play Lego, which I never thought I would do in my entire life. When I complete the last brick I feel such a sense of achievement and quickly go online to buy another one!

Lego is quite popular and can be expensive. I believe we all work harder especially for the things we enjoy and bring fulfillment in our hearts. I make sure that I’m performing at my best, deliver and meet the expectation of my customers and work with them to achieve their goals. LiveBig recognises high performing employees who meet high customer satisfaction with a bonus they deserve. I got so excited when I received one, and it’s a no brainer where I spent it – more Lego!

9:00 PM 

Before bed, I chat with my friends or family online – it’s been a while not being able to fly back to catch up with them. I can’t wait for when we reopen our borders again.

10:00 PM

I usually sleep around this time and get ready for the next day. Good night!

The benefits of occupational therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a person-centered health profession involving the assessment, understanding and management of a person’s health limitations so they can enjoy a meaningful life. The term “occupation” in occupational therapy refers to the everyday activities that people do to occupy their time and bring structure to their day.

What do occupational therapists do?

Occupational therapists are health professionals who use a whole person approach when working with people, helping them complete daily activities with a sense of accomplishment and purpose. These include a range of self-care, work and leisure activities.

Occupational therapists recognize the importance of networks and offer a holistic approach to therapy services. LiveBig occupational therapists work with their clients’ families and carers to coordinate and establish a beneficial health plan.

To do this, occupational therapists provide assessments, planning and intervention to their clients. After conducting an initial needs assessment, they recommend devices to assist their clients in undertaking activities in the easiest way possible and then provide help using these devices. Occupational therapists also provide ongoing assessments of people’s abilities to perform everyday tasks and adjust their services accordingly.

Occupational therapists provide a range of therapy and assessment services to individuals with disability including:

  • Occupational therapists conduct both initial and ongoing assessments to determine a person’s abilities as well as ongoing therapy and intervention needs.
  • At home, school, work or in the community, occupational therapists help adapt environments to make activities in these setting easier for their clients. These modifications also include devices used to assist in navigating everyday spaces.
  • Skill development. Occupational therapists assist people in developing skills in self-care, home management, integration and reintegration into work or school settings.
  • Therapy treatment. Treatment around physical disabilities, cognitive processing, caring for wounds and manual therapy techniques can be performed by an occupational therapist.
  • Education and support. Occupational therapists offer education and support to individuals, family members and carers around the therapy and assessment services they offer. This contributes to the holistic view of occupational therapy as a discipline and contributes to the sustainability of the treatment.

Did you know?

Our Founder and CEO Marcella Romero was a Clinical Occupational Therapist before starting her first company over 20 years ago.

Why do people get occupational therapy services?

There are a variety of reasons why a person may seek out occupational therapy and assessment services. These can include help if a person has a disability or adjusting to life after sustaining an injury or illness.

Areas where occupational therapists can provide support include:

  • Help with daily activities like grooming, dressing, eating and driving, or more complex activities like household maintenance, childcare, shopping and managing finances.
  • Assistance setting up functioning work and education settings.
  • Support in setting up fun and practical leisure activities, hobbies and socializing.

Did you know?

Occupational therapy was first practiced in Western Australia in 1942, during the Second World War.

Where do occupational therapists work?

Occupational therapists can work in a variety of different settings including hospitals, community health centres, schools, at workplaces and in privately owned practices.

LiveBig occupational therapists are available to come to you at home, schools or in the community! The ability for our specialist allied health professionals to meet you in a variety of places means it’s easier and more comfortable for you to get the services you need, when you need them.

Is occupational therapy covered under the NDIS?

Yes. The NDIS funds a variety of therapy and allied health services for people living with disability, including occupational therapy.

Learn more on the NDIS website.

How does LiveBig provide occupational therapy services?

LiveBig provides occupational therapy and assessment services through the NDIS and privately if required. Click here to learn more about our process.

At LiveBig we’re about transparency and responsiveness. We work with you to achieve your individual goals within your NDIS plan, whether that’s through occupational therapy or any of our other therapy and assessment services.

What do you love about being an Occupational Therapist?

As an Occupational Therapist, I love connecting with different people and getting to know them as individuals, learning their stories and using my clinical skills to help them improve their quality of life and overall happiness.

Jocelyn, QLD

I love to learn my client’s stories behind their issues.

James, NSW

The essence of being an Occupational Therapist is therapy for what ‘occupies’ your time. That means we can address and be a part of rehabilitating the whole person. We can be involved in self-care and normal daily activities both life skills and leisure. All of these activities are so important for a person’s wellbeing and quality of life, all of these activities are extremely important to me and so I love that I can be a part of helping someone ‘get their life back’.

Rita, NSW

I love being an Occupational Therapist because I get to help people develop individual goals and work with them to achieve what is meaningful to them – whether this is going to work, brushing their teeth or walking their dog. Everyone’s goals are different, so every day is different. It keeps me on my toes!

Carly, VIC

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