Occupational therapy services
Our occupational therapy practice works with individuals at any stage of their lives to promote skill development and increase independence when it comes to completing daily living activities.
For adults, our approach to occupational therapy may include assistance with self-care, home-making, leisure, and/or work related tasks. For children, this may include learning to brush their teeth, implementing a toilet timing routine, difficulties with fine motor and handwriting skills, among other things.
Occupational therapy services are holistic and focused on adapting an individual’s environment and/or task to fit their needs. Therapy and intervention plans are designed in collaboration with the individual and their family or support network to empower them to gain back functions that they have lost, learn new skills, and/or improve on their existing skills that may have been underdeveloped as a result of their current situation, lifestyle choices and/or disability.
As part of our practice we regularly evaluate outcome measures and make relevant changes to intervention plans to ensure that sour client’s goals are being met.
The types of occupational therapy services we offer
Prescription of assistive equipment or aids
This part of our occupational therapy practice includes assessing an individual’s functional capacity and environment, be it home, school, day program or other to identify the most appropriate equipment or aids to meet their needs.
Once appropriate equipment or aids have been identified, we ensure that they are effectively addressing the client’s needs by monitoring and in some cases, conducting trials where necessary.
Examples of equipment or aids our Occupational Therapists often find are needed by our clients include wheelchairs, walking frames, hoist, sling, belts, hospital beds, commode chairs, shower or toileting equipment, adaptive feeding utensils and vehicle modifications.
Skill building includes working with an individual and their carer or support network to increase their independence with their activities of daily living. Some common skill building areas that our Occupational Therapist can assist with include:
- improving an individual’s gross motor skills, for example, walking, running and balance
- fine motor skills, for example, cutting and handwriting
- self-care skills for example, dressing, toileting, showering
- meal preparation skills
Assessment of an individual across various environments
We meet face to face with our clients, their carers, and extended support network in either their home, school, day program, the community, or work environment.
Pressure care management
When working with our clients, our occupational therapy team reviews their likelihood of developing pressure areas or sores and then prescribe some equipment that will help to reduce the risk of further developing that pressure. Examples of equipment that we recommend include seat cushions and mattresses.
We help our clients by assessing their sensory processing needs. We start by determining whether a client is hyper or hypo-sensitive to various stimuli. Types of stimuli could be visual, auditory, tactile, smell, taste, body movement, balance, body positioning or spatial awareness. Once we have determined a client’s sensory orientations, we then make recommendations to support them to manage their sensory needs. The outcome is that a client becomes more alert or calmer, depending on what they need to complete daily living activities.
In this service offering, we assess and review manual handling practices, that is, the way an individual is moved. The common means of moving clients that 180Wellbeing works with include lifting, carrying and transferring. We educate carers or support staff about safe manual handling techniques and prescribe transfer equipment such as hoists, slings, transfer belts, seat turners and slide sheets where required.
This service includes the provision of tailored or specific training, guidance and/or education to an individual, their carers and/or support network. Examples include manual handling training, equipment specific training, sensory integration training, pressure care management training.
Designing intervention plans
We design intervention plans that help to improve an individual’s ability to perform their activities of daily living and reach their goals.
Who may consider being assessed for our occupational therapy services?
An occupational therapy assessment is recommended if you, or someone you know is experiencing any of the following concerns:
- Difficulties moving around safely, for example, poor balance or difficulties getting in and out of a car
- Difficulties sitting or standing
- Injuries to skin resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin
- Irregularity in the way their body receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate physical and behavioral responses
- Difficulties in going to the toilet
- Difficulties eating with standard cutlery
- Equipment needs in the bathroom, bedroom, dining room or kitchen
For individuals, 180Wellbeing offers face-to-face consultations and home, school or community visits. For groups, we provide 30 minute, 45 minute or 60 minute long therapy sessions. You can use your existing Medicare to pay for our services.