Occupational Therapy for maximising independence
Occupational Therapy (OT) is focused on maximising independence and quality of life, enabling people to meaningfully participate in the activities that make up their everyday lives.
Our Occupational Therapists will look closely at your ‘occupational performance,’ i.e. how well you manage the activities or ‘occupations’ that make up your day. The OT will then develop strategies in response to your specific circumstances.
An Occupational Therapy Initial Assessment covers all the elements of your day-to-day functional activities including personal and instrumental activities as well as community access, work and leisure. It includes a brief assessment of your living situation, current supports, assistive technology, therapy need and home modifications. Your OT will then develop a report making recommendations about suitable Occupational Therapy interventions to assist you to meet your goals.
Functional capacity evaluation
An Occupational Therapy functional capacity evaluation is an in-depth observational assessment and analysis of your global abilities and functional levels. It involves standardised testing and observation of your abilities across a number of daily activities. The information is then compiled into a report which can be useful in supporting applications for:
These reports are important in establishing support needs, Assistive Technology requirements and/or housing design requests.
Activities of daily living – Skills building
Occupational Therapists are key in assessing and developing programs to assist with skill building in the following areas:
- Personal Care including bathing, toileting, dressing, personal hygiene, mobility and transfers
- Instrumental activities including cooking, cleaning, laundry, pet care, and paying bills
- Community Access including using public transport, accessing shops, and attending cafes
- Work activities including preparing for work, accessing work, developing work skills and having an ergonomic work environment
- Leisure activities including going to the movies, visiting the beach, visiting friends, attending classes or interest groups
Neurological rehabilitation involves numerous evidence-based approaches with a remedial and/or compensatory focus aimed at improving function in any of the following areas:
- Upper Limb
An Occupational Therapy intervention block is aimed at developing a treatment plan that is relevant to maintaining and/or increasing your ability to complete functional activities of choice. Your clinician will develop a therapy plan, implement therapy activities, and provide training for your carers/support workers as required.
Home Modifications can be both:
Simple (or minor) modifications can include things like:
- Threshold steps
- Grab rails
- Lever taps
- Hand-held shower hoses
- False floors
- Hand rails
An Occupational Therapy complex (or major) home modifications assessment aims to identify and script the most effective home modifications that will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your goals. The process involves standardised assessment, functional review, scoping of works, onsite meetings with builders, and completion of an in-depth report and justification document which is then sent to the NDIS for final approval. View our home modifications gallery.
Complex Home Modifications that an Occupational Therapist can assist you with include:
- Complex ramps
- Stair climbers
- Water lifts
- Bathroom modifications
- Laundry modifications
- Kitchen modifications
- Level access showers
- Home automation
An Occupational Therapy Assistive Technology assessment aims to identify and script the most effective Assistive Technology (AT) that will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your goals. The process involves standardised assessment, functional review, trials with suppliers and completion of an in-depth report and justification document which is then sent to the NDIS for final approval.
Assistive Technology that Occupational Therapists can assist you with include:
- Manual wheelchairs
- Powerdrive wheelchairs
- Beach-access chairs
- All-terrain wheelchairs
- Postural seating
- Shower chairs
- Toilet chairs
An Occupational Therapy falls prevention program involves:
- Assessment of falls history
- ADL review
- Home review
- Assistive Technology review
- Carer/support worker review
- Education, advice, strategies and recommendations aimed at reducing falls and increasing safety
- Referrals to other team members including the Physio, Dietitian and Podiatrist for other concerns
An Occupational Therapy pain management program involves:
- Assessment and understanding of history and causative factors
- Review of current pain management approaches and regimes
- ADL review
- AT review
- Environmental review
- Carer/Support Worker Review
- Evidence-based education, advice, interventions and recommendations aimed at reducing and managing pain
Sensory assessment and programs
An Occupational Therapy Sensory Assessment involves:
- Standardised and observation assessments to establish sensory sensitivities, sensory avoidant and/or sensory seeking behaviours
- Identification of triggers
- Identification of appropriate sensory diets
- Prescription of appropriate sensory environments
- Education and prescription of sensory toys and assistive technology
An Occupational Therapy Manual Handling assessment and advice can include:
- Assessment of current manual handling practices
- Review of current AT
- Environmental review
- Back care education
- Customised manual handling plans and programs
- Training for carers and support workers
An Occupational Therapy vehicle modifications assessment aims to identify and script the most effective vehicle modification that will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your goals. The process involves standardised assessment, functional review, sourcing of products from suppliers, and completion of an in-depth report and justification document which is sent to the NDIS for final approval.
An Occupational Therapy assistive animal assessment aims to identify and prescribe the most effective solution that will meet your needs and assist you in reaching your goals. The process involves standardized assessment, functional review, clarification of the supports required by an assistive animal, completion of an in-depth report and justification document which is then sent to the NDIS for approval.
Family and caregiver education and support
Education, training, support and advice as required in one-to-one or group formats.
Review assessments and recommendations
An Occupational Therapy review assessment reviews the progress you have made throughout your current NDIS plan and looks at how these are connected to your goals. It also provides Occupational Therapy recommendations for your new NDIS plan if you still have goals that you are yet to reach.