The occupational therapist is responsible for implementing a plan to assist the patient in regaining and/or maintaining activities of daily living and basic functional skilled maintenance. Some essential job functions include the following:
- Evaluating the patient’s functional status (muscle function, endurance, visual coordination, written and verbal communication skills, self-care ability, and work capacity)
- Evaluating the home environment for hazards or barrier to more independent living
- Developing a treatment program and establishing goals for improved function.