Practitioners in the field of occupational therapy aim much of their work on establishing and getting rid of environmental barriers that hinder independence and participation in day-day activities of both client and the practitioner. Information found in articles such as ‘surgical tower going green and staying local’, show the necessity of aiming occupational therapy interventions on adapting the environment in a bid to increase participation in and staging of daily activities, especially those that are geared towards the client’s improvement (SJHC, 2015). An adapted and enabling environment assists practitioners within the occupational therapy field to work systematically through the occupational therapy process.

Incorporating and designing enabling environment within occupational therapy workplaces provides both practitioners and clients with accessibility, ease of use, adaptability, and safety. Building hospital designs such as that witnessed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center contributes towards health and well-being by empowering engagement in productivity, self-care, and leisure (SJHC, 2015). Such designs enable for proper interaction between occupation and the physical, social, cultural, and institutional environment. It is this interaction created by modern hospital designs that those involved in occupational therapy can bank on towards assisting the recovery of patients. Occupational therapists should therefore engage information and understanding the relationship between health improvement and the environment. This research should seek to find out how environmental factors interact with occupational engagement.

Occupational therapists should devote more time to research on the engagement of environment and health. Hospital building designs should be geared towards providing an enabling environment for the interaction between social, cultural, and physical factors with occupation. Such information will help occupational therapists to coordinate the recovery of patients and their well-being in enabling environments.