Occupational therapists are sometimes called therapists for short.
They are trained to identify what treatment or equipment would help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illnesses, or ageing.
They are able to suggest ways in which people can improve their mobility or independence. Again, this could be achieved by specific treatments or by having equipment installed in a home or care home.
They work with people of all ages and need to be good listeners and communicators, with the ability to help people who may be frustrated by their circumstances. Relating to people and building up a good relationships with people are also paramount.
Occupational therapists need a degree, or a two-year post graduate diploma.
An occupational therapy assistant does not need these qualifications – but they must be working towards them.