Vocational Therapy

Vocational therapy at MaineHealth helps people with limitations engage in productive employment. Limitations may be cognitive, developmental or physical. Vocational therapy works with individuals to find the occupation that is the best match for them.

How does vocational therapy work?

With vocational therapy, the individual may get assistance from several healthcare professionals for services that include:

  • Assessment
  • Goal setting
  • Healthcare advice and support
  • Making adjustments to the work setting
  • Case management
  • Career counseling
  • Work capacity evaluations

Returning to work after illness or injury

An occupational therapist may assist a person returning to work after recovery from illness or injury. The occupational therapist may help prepare a transitional work plan for people who are not functioning at full capacity. The transitional work plan identifies the tasks a personal is able to complete. An occupational therapist may:

  • Provides an evaluation of the person's skills and functions.
  • Identifies the worker's tasks on the job.
  • Recommends any changes to job tasks needed.
  • Implements the return-to-work plan for the worker.
  • Checks up on the worker's progress and addresses any barriers.

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