Why I chose a career as an occupational therapist with ParaMed
Nitin has been an Occupational Therapist with ParaMed for over 20 years. His interest in helping others began as a child. He was curious about how therapy could help individuals recover after being injured, which led him on his career journey.
“I was passionate about fulfilling my dream as a therapist and I decided to choose a profession as an occupational therapist,” says Nitin.
What does an occupational therapist do?
Occupational Therapists (OTs) are health-care professionals who help improve the lives of people who are living with an illness or injury. At ParaMed, OTs work with clients and their families, to find solutions in the client’s home so they can live more independently.
“Every client is unique,” says Nitin. “I utilize my expertise to personalize their treatment and therapy.”
That could mean providing support with therapy programs, new ways of doing day-to-day tasks to make life easier, and suggestions for supportive equipment to improve safety at home.
“Recovering after an injury and regaining independence can be a very challenging process,” says Nitin, who adds that seeing his clients recover after injury and reach their goals, is fulfilling.
“When I see happiness and satisfaction on the faces of my clients, I feel like I achieved something too. This motivates me to perform to my best.”
Benefits of working as an occupational therapist with ParaMed
“Working with ParaMed for the last 21 years has been a great experience,” says Nitin. “The staff at ParaMed is like a family to me. I work with a team that is cooperative, respectful, and has integrity.”
In addition to Paramed’s competitive wages and benefits, working in the community and providing OT services in client’s home also allows Nitin to set his own schedule and have more control of his day.
“Having a flexible schedule is very important to me,” Nitin explains. “I can balance my personal and professional life.”
Advice to those thinking about a career as an occupational therapist
For new graduates or those seeking a career change to occupational therapy, Nitin says working in home care allows team members to self-schedule.
“For anyone who wants more flexibility in a work schedule, community-based rehabilitation is the best to start,” says Nitin.
He also enjoys working independently in the community and getting to know his clients.
“Being a community OT, I also get an opportunity to interact with a multicultural community,” says Nitin. “I learn about other cultures which is wonderful.”
He adds that ultimately, helping others is what makes his work as an OT worthwhile.
“I am proud to be an occupational therapist. OTs play an important role in helping clients get back to their activities,” says Nitin. “If anyone wants to help individuals improve their daily lives in a meaningful way, the OT profession may be the right one for them. To me, it is very meaningful work and it gives me immense pleasure and satisfaction that I chose the right career.”
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