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Oregon OT Aides
What is the definition of an aide?
An “aide” is a person who provides support services to an occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant but is not licensed by the Occupational Therapy Licensing Board.
Any aide who is working with or supporting patients and is performing activities covered under the occupational therapy plan of treatment, is considered an occupational therapy aide. The occupational therapy practitioner is responsible for the overall use and actions of the aide and must ensure the competency of the aide performing the assigned tasks.
Treatment Related Tasks
Treatment related tasks that the aide may assist with under the direct supervision of the occupational therapy practitioner include:
Non-Treatment Related Tasks
Non-treatment related tasks that may be performed by the occupational therapy aide include:
What type of supervision is required?
An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant may supervise the aide. When the aide is performing treatment related tasks, the supervising occupational therapy practitioner must be within sight or earshot of the aide, and must be immediately available at all times to provide in-person direction, assistance, advice, or instruction to the aide.