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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy or ‘O.T.’ enables people with injuries, disabilities or limiting health conditions to overcome barriers to a rich, satisfying, able life. It takes into account a client’s strengths and limitations and creatively seeks practical, realistic solutions that enable them to regain independence and function at their desired level while helping to cultivate confidence in their own capacity. For someone with very limited mobility or movement, target areas may include home modifications or equipment that enable showering, as well as education and support to instil confidence and proficiency. In the case of limited mental capacity, successful O.T. may be a matter of creating a process that enables them to pay their bills. A Soaring Health Thomastown occupational therapist can also help to facilitate social and leisure outings and activities to empower clients and support their growing confidence in their capacity to live well and function independently.

Children’s Occupational Therapy
Working with an occupational therapist can transform the lives of children and adolescents facing the limitations of the physical, intellectual or psychological disability, injury, illness or dysfunction. By combining clinical knowledge, knowledge of education and childcare, familiarity with relevant legislation and local resources, a Soaring Health Thomastown O.T. will establish processes and adaptations to the environment that account for a child’s special needs and remove barriers to their independence and confidence in their strengths and abilities.

Therapeutic Items and Assistive Technology
Accessing products and technology to assist with injuries can be complicated. Soaring Health’s Thomastown O.T.s can work together with a client’s broader healthcare team – whether that includes support coordinators, a physio and/or medical practitioners – to assess and fit aids and supports that promote recovery and independent functioning. Soaring Health stocks a range of orthopaedic braces, joint supports and medical aids and can order other items to arrive within 48 hours.

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Home Assessments
The role of an occupational therapist to facilitate independent functioning in daily living and activities, so it makes sense to conduct assessments in clients’ home environments. During a home assessment visit, Soaring Health’s NDIS-registered O.T.s identify strengths and weaknesses of the environment in the context of clients’ physical and mental capabilities. In consultation with a participant and, possibly, other members of their care team (from support coordinators to carers), they then devise practical solutions and formulate their recommendations into a comprehensive home modification report. This will generally stipulate specific changes that would enable clients to successfully execute specific tasks of daily living and may include the prescription of assistive technology and aids – from a rail in the shower to a hoist or lifting device or aid to enable someone to get into and out of bed safely. Aware of the latest assistive technology options and issues regarding access and entitlement to particular aids for certain conditions and disabilities, an NDIS-registered O.T. will recommend realistic modifications and aids within the context of available resources, help apply for funding to cover assistive technology needs, assist with facilitating any installation requirements, and help with training clients in safe, confident use of new devices.

  • Adults and children with disabilities and/or injuries that impair the performance of tasks associated with independent daily living
  • Adults and children with chronic health conditions that limit the performance of tasks associated with independent daily living
  • Adults with disabilities living in supported accommodation or with parents and wishing to cohabitate with housemate or partner
  • Adults and children recovering from an accident or injury
  • Home-based assessment and report on therapeutic and assistive technology and devices to enable independent function across identified domains (e.g. showering, writing/communicating, participating in leisure activities)
  • Workplace assessments
  • Driving (car use) assessments
  • Assistance with funding application forms for therapeutic and assistive technology and devices
  • Taking care of therapeutic and assistive technology installation requirements and ensuring devices and properly fitted and appropriate
  • Training participants in the proper, safe, effective use of new therapeutic and assistive devices
  • Helping to facilitate engagement in realistic occupational or leisure activities (e.g. recommending avenues for participation and assisting with enquiry and application to participate)
  • Moderate to severe physical or mental disability that limits independent functioning
  • Enabling cohabitation with housemates or partner (versus supported accommodation or living with parents)
  • Severe injury and/or illness from accident

Therapeutic Items and Assistive Technology

The array of modern therapeutic and assistive technology devices designed to assist people with disabilities can be truly overwhelming – from low-tech communication boards to sophisticated computer software that converts voice-to-text, intuitive motorised wheelchairs and other mobility devices. And that’s before the fine print of funding and application forms, navigating installation requirements, ensuring devices and properly fitted and appropriate, and training to use the devices. An NDIS-registered occupational therapist can simplify the process of selecting therapeutic and assistive technology items that most efficiently and effectively achieve specific functional goals as part of enhancing independence in tasks of daily living. Versed in the latest technologies and their strengths and limitations (including the vast span of price points), an NDIS-registered O.T. will not only recommend appropriate items, but help to facilitate funding, organise installation, fitting and adjustment and assist with training until a client is proficient and confident in using a new device or aid to realise their best level of functioning and life satisfaction. 

  • Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices
  • Hoists and slings
  • Ramps and rails
  • Specialised bedding including recliner beds
  • Specialised seating and accessories
  • Postural supports
  • Therapeutic braces and supports
  • Personal hygiene equipment
  • Pressure care and circulation
  • Communication devices
  • Specialised exercise equipment (e.g. modified bicycles)
  • Play equipment
  • Adults and children experiencing effects of moderate or severe disability
  • Adults and children adjusting to physical limitations after severe accident/injury
  • Adults and children undergoing rehabilitation programs
  • Home-based assessment and report on aids most likely to enable independent function across identified domains (e.g. showering, writing/communicating, participating in leisure activities)
  • Assistance with funding application forms
  • Taking care of installation requirements and ensuring devices and properly fitted and appropriate
  • Training participants in proper, safe, effective use of new devices
  • Wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices
  • Hoists and slings
  • Ramps and rails
  • Specialised bedding including recliner beds
  • Specialised seating and accessories
  • Postural supports
  • Therapeutic braces and supports
  • Personal hygiene equipment
  • Communication devices
  • Specialised exercise equipment (e.g. modified bicycles)
  • Play equipment