- Observe patients doing tasks, ask them questions, and review their medical history.
- Evaluate a patient's condition and needs.
- Develop a treatment plan for patients, laying out the types of activities and specific goals to be accomplished.
- Help people with various disabilities with different tasks, such as leading an autistic child in play activities.
- Demonstrate exercises—for example, joint stretches for arthritis relief—that can help relieve pain for people with chronic conditions.
- Evaluate a patient’s home or workplace and, based on the patient’s health needs, identify potential improvements, such as labeling kitchen cabinets for an older person with poor memory.
- Educate a patient’s family and employer about how to accommodate and care for the patient.
- Recommend special equipment, such as wheelchairs and eating aids, and instruct patients on how to use that equipment.
- Assess and record patients’ activities and progress for patient evaluations, for billing, and for reporting to physicians and other healthcare providers.
- Strong analytical and planning skills;
- Good communication and presentation skills;
- Excellent problem-solving skills;
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