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Ohio Occupational Therapy Aides

“Unlicensed personnel” means any person who is on the job trained and supports the delivery of occupational therapy services by personally assisting the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, and/or student occupational therapy assistant while the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, and/or student occupational therapy assistant is concurrently providing services to the same client.

What can an aide do?

The primary function of unlicensed personnel functioning in an occupational therapy setting is to perform designated routine tasks related to the operation and delivery of occupational therapy services. Such tasks may include, but are not limited to:

    • Routine department maintenance;
    • Transportation of clients;
    • Preparation or setting up of treatment equipment and work area;
    • Taking care of clients’ personal needs during treatments;
    • Assisting in the construction of adaptive equipment and splints;
    • Clerical, secretarial, and administrative activities; and
    • Personally assisting the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, or student occupational therapy assistant while the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapy, or student occupational therapy assistant is concurrently providing services to the same client.

What is an aide expressly prohibited from doing?

The occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, and student occupational therapy assistant shall not delegate the following to unlicensed personnel:

    • Performance of occupational therapy evaluative services;
    • Initiation, planning, adjustment, modification, or performance of occupational therapy services;
    • Making occupational therapy entries directly in the client’s official records; and
    • Acting on behalf of the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, or student occupational therapy assistant in any matter related to occupational therapy treatment that requires decision making.

What are the responsibilities of the OT when delegating to an aide?

The occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, or student occupational therapy assistant may delegate such tasks only after ensuring that the unlicensed personnel has been appropriately trained for the performance of the tasks.

What type of supervision is required?

Not specified.

Personallyassisting the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapist, or student occupational therapy assistant while the occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, student occupational therapy, or student occupational therapy assistant is concurrently providing services to the same client.

What is the ratio between supervising OTs and aides?

N/A

Required designation for aides

Aides should be identified as “aides” so as not to be confused with other providers.

Citation

Ohio Admin. Code § 4755-7-01

Ohio Admin. Code § 4755-7-02

Ohio Admin. Code § 4755-7-03


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