Occupational Therapy

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What is an Occupational Therapist?

An Occupational Therapist is a client-centred health professional concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

Our Occupational Therapists have had great success providing the following services to our patients:

Home modifications

  • Advice regarding practical and cost effective home modifications, e.g. hand rail positioning, installation of ramps and chair raisers
  • Liaison with contractors to ensure clients’ needs are completely addressed

ADL Assessment and Adult Rehabilitation

  • Custom rehabilitation programs to facilitate independence in daily living
  • Education on safe and efficient ways to perform daily task

Equipment prescription (MASS & CAEATI Registered)

Assessment of functional needs to determine suitable equipment, such as:

  • Pressure relieving /pressure redistribution equipment, e.g. pressure redistribution cushions and mattresses for the management of pressure ulcers
  • Transfer aids, e.g. hoists
  • Bathroom equipment, e.g. mobile shower commodes, shower chairs and toilet frames
  • Smaller household aids, e.g. adaptive cutlery
  • Wheelchair and seating assessment
  • Personal response systems, e.g. Medi-Alert systems
  • Educating clients, families and carers on the use of specialised equipment, safe transferring and positioning.

Neurological Rehabilitation

  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and
  • Parkinsons Disease (PD)

Other areas

  • Ergonomic assessment and modifications
  • Task simplification, energy conservation and joint protection education
  • Advice regarding falls prevention and safety in the home.
  • Relaxation and pain management

*Please note that our Occupational Therapists are registered on MASS, CAEATI, NDIS Funding Streams*

Examples of how our Occupational Therapist can help you:

“Jeremy, a 77-year-old-male has unfortunately had a fall at home and is now wheelchair bound. Jeremy’s Doctor encouraged Jeremy to seek the assistance and advice of an Occupational Therapist. A Doveston Health Occupational therapist conducted a home visit and an appropriate assessment in order to identify both Jeremy’s level of risk and independence. The OT compiled a report with recommendations regarding recommended home modifications and equipment prescription to ensure Jeremy’s safety is optimised, as well as ensuring that Jeremy can still complete his regular activities with assistance or prescribed physical aids around the home.”

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