Home Health Care as an Occupational Therapist

May 3, 2024
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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We typically associate occupational therapy with clinical settings like hospitals or rehabilitation centers. However, a lesser-known yet rewarding opportunity exists in pediatric home health care! Home health care offers OTs the opportunity to provide personalized care in the comfort of the kids' homes. In this blog post, we will dive into the world of home health and explain how you can thrive in this environment. 

Understanding Home Health Care

Pediatric home health involves delivering medical, therapeutic, and personal care services to kids at their homes. As an OT in home health care, you'll be able to work closely with patients of all ages and backgrounds to help them regain independence and improve their ability to perform daily activities!

The Advantages of Home Health Care for Occupational Therapists

Personalized Care

Home health allows OTs to tailor their care to suit each patient's needs. You can implement strategies promoting safety and independence for the kiddos. 


Unlike hospital settings, home health offers more flexibility in scheduling. This means you can achieve more work-life balance without the drawbacks of long shifts in traditional settings.  

Enhanced Patient Engagement

Working in patients' homes allows for a deeper level of trust and rapport. This will increase patient engagement in your therapy sessions. This environment encourages open communication and collaboration between therapists, patients, and their families.

Holistic Approach

Home health allows you to approach patient care more holistically. By observing patients in their homes, you can identify and address barriers to recovery that may go unnoticed in a clinical setting.

Getting Started in Home Health Care

Now that we've highlighted the benefits, let's explore the steps to kickstart your career as a home health therapist.

Make Sure Your Credentials are Up-to-Date

Before entering home health, ensure your current licensure and certifications reflect your qualifications. This could be as easy as checking your NBCOT certification and state licensure.

Sharpen Your Toolkit

The heart of home health lies in adapting your skills to fit a variety of home settings. This means you should refine your communication prowess, become an agile problem-solver, and master the art of crafting personalized treatment plans.

Connect with Your Community

Relationships matter, so start conversations with home health agencies and immerse yourself in the OT community’s home care. Networking can unlock doors to opportunities that match your expertise and passion. Care Options for Kids offers constant support — like a family. Apply now to gain work-life balance and a network of highly dedicated and skilled peers. 

Stay on the Cutting Edge

Staying up to date is the best way to keep your practice fresh and relevant. Additional training can provide top-notch care at home.

Join the Care Options For Kids Team!

Are you ready for meaningful work that comes with benefits and not burnout? Join the compassionate care team that helps children and families live their best lives. Our clinicians provide best-in-class pediatric nursing, therapy, and school-based services. We bring individualized care to children where they live, work, and play. We have opportunities in homes, schools, and clinics across the country.

Apply at Care Options for Kids now. We make it easy to get started, so you can begin making a difference as soon as possible.