Home Modifications

Home Modifications

Assistive Technology, Independence and Inclusion

What is Assistive Technology? Assistive Technology (AT) can constitute an integral part of the support framework that helps people living with a disability realise their potential. AT generally incorporates any equipment, system or design that assists a person with a disability to navigate their home, workplace, school, or community, and to undertake tasks and achieve…

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Home Modifications Increase Independence and Improve Quality of Life

A new perspective on caregiving The importance of home modifications for people living with a disability lies in the potential for these changes to reduce the need for caregiving, and thereby increase independence. When we think about caregiving, we often perceive it to be human-to-human interaction, but new research describes the significance of housing within…

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Diabetes Day

Diabetes

World Diabetes Day – Occupational Therapy What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with abnormally high levels of sugar glucose in the blood.  This occurs when the pancreas does not provide adequate insulin (a hormone that regulates blood sugar), or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. There are 3…

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Amputation

Amputation prosthesis

Amputation Awareness and Treatment Did you know: Someone will undergo an amputation every 30 minutes in Australia.  Losing a limb is a life changing event and many Australian’s are dealing with the associated challenges every day. National Amputee Awareness Week is recognised during 4-11th of October.  This week is about raising awareness, making sure people…

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Spine injuries

Wheelchair

Spinal Cord Injury and Assistive Technology Living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to independently participate in everyday activities. Read more about (opens in a new tab)”>Spinal Cord Injury here > One of the ways that Occupational Therapists (OT) can assist those with a SCI improve…

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Strokes

Stroke

Stroke Effects and Recovery What is a stroke caused by? A stroke is a medical condition caused by the disruption of blood supply to the brain; either via: a broken or burst blood vessel …this is called a haemorrhagic stroke; or by a blood vessel being blocked by a clot …this is called an ischaemic…

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Autism

Autism

Autism NDIS Treatment Overview Did you know: The prevalence of Autism in Australia has risen from 1 in 100 to 1 in 70 people.  So, does this mean Autism is on the rise in Australia? Not necessarily – find out why, and how NDIS funding can be used to help adults with ASD. What is…

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Managing Cancer

Cancer

Why cancer research is so important The latest statistics from the Australian Cancer Council report over 140,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year alone, with 1 in 2 Australian men and women expected to be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Which cancer is most common? Non-melanoma skin cancer is believed to be the most prevalent diagnosis in…

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Autoimmune diseases

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease Did you know… Someone in Australia is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 47 minutes. Over 70,000 Australians have Parkinson’s Disease.  Once thought to be a geriatric condition, we now know that approximately 15% of people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease are of working age and nearly 3% are aged between 30-40 years.…

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Home Modifications

Home Modifications

How do Home Modifications work? Knowledge of Universal Design and other principles of making homes accessible to all is growing.  Although a lot of new homes are built with these principles in mind, a lot of older homes can be impractical for people who are living with disability and may require modification. What are Home…

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