Occupational Therapists are qualified allied health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need, and want to, in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others, working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events. Occupational therapists call these things “occupations”.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life.
Why is it called ‘Occupational’ Therapy?”
In Occupational Therapy, “occupations” refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists)
Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what occupations are important to you, any current issues you may have in doing them, and understanding your goals. Occupational Therapists will then work on any or all of these to ensure you can participate in the occupations you need and want to do – enhancing your own personal life skills, adjusting the environment you do your occupations in, and adjusting the occupation itself.
They can also help people to manage and live with long-term (chronic) and often short-term health conditions. Occupational Therapists are experts in the relationships between what people do and their health and well-being, and work with people to help make every day living easier.
How can Occupational Therapy help?
They can also prescribe, if necessary, devices and therapy equipment to help you do the activities you want and need to do. And will make sure you can use the device in the best way to meet your needs. This means that you will get a total solution and not just a product.
At Hoys Allied Health + Wellness our Occupational Therapists are experienced in working with adults and adolescents and cover areas such as: the NDIS, Home Modifications, Wheelchair Assessments, Assistive Technology, School Based Assessments as well as GP Care Plans. Most assessments are completed within the client’s home, or the environment that requires assessment where possible, rather than clinic based as this provides a clearer understanding of the support required.
To access Occupational Therapy support through Hoys Allied Health + Wellness, please phone Tina on (02) 66527 355.
Occupational Therapy and the NDIS
Our Occupational Therapy team at Hoys Allied Health + Wellness can complete home based client assessments and produce comprehensive reports for applicants applying to become a participant on the NDIS scheme. These comprehensive reports will help identify support needs necessary to make progress on goals and aspirations and prepare applicants to meet the access requirements required by the NDIA.
Our NDIS Occupational Therapy Reports include:
The NDIS focusses on everyday function rather than a diagnosis. A report by an Occupational Therapist can assist to help generate a report that can identify the link between your disability/condition and how it affects your day to day life.
The NDIS officers are often looking to Occupational Therapists to provide the accurate information required in order to be considered for acceptance on the scheme, or information to assist within recommendation of services for the next plan period.