Work And Industry For OT

Occupational therapy has now tapped into an individual’s working condition and environment. The healthcare industry recognizes that work and industry is a key practice in the world today. People spent 8 hours of their day at work and at work. They are prone to be affected by diseases and sickness. At work, accidents and injuries can happen. In addition, people can suffer from health conditions at work. This is why occupational therapy is helping come up with safety precautions for the health of workers. More than that, occupational therapy practitioners are helping the aging workforce.

Work and Industry is a practice area that you can choose for your OT continuing education. There are two emerging areas here:

  • Aging Workforce- It is known that the baby boomer generation is nearing the retirement age but many of these people are choosing to postpone their retirement. This can be due to financial reasons or the sense of independence when working. The number of old work groups specifically at 75 years and above is increasing. The problem with an aging workforce is that they are more prone to mistakes and errors, which can cause issues with the employers. This is something that occupational therapy practitioners want to help with. Aging bodies lead to limitations in skills. There is lower vision, less dexterity, slower response time and poorer hearing. The aging workforce cannot be blamed and employers should recognize their needs too. Instead of just letting go of their employees, why not make working environments more conducive for the aging workforce by using ergonomic strategies. In this case, occupational therapy practitioners will be a big help in encouraging and informing employers on the changes needed to be done. Introducing telecommuting is a good idea too.
  • New Technology At Work- There is no doubt that technology is a major part of the workplace today. Both employer and employees have to adapt to the new technology in the workplace. Technology is changing the way people work and it is making processes more efficient. In addition, technology is also helping disabled individuals to be part of the workforce through the introduction of bionic limbs and hand transplants.

Occupational therapy will be big help in helping employers determine the best use of technology when it comes to their clients. Occupational therapy practitioners will also play a major role in helping the disabled participate in their new working environments. Working will be a huge adjustment for them and only occupational therapy can help them to adapt.

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