Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

At Home Caring Lifestyle and Health nothing is more important to us than meeting the diverse needs of our patients, exceeding their expectations and providing a service that makes their day-to-day lives easier and more enjoyable. With over two decades of experience, the shared pool of our team’s knowledge combined with our array of in-clinic and mobile resources makes us able to assist a wide array of patients affected by a wide range of conditions. We take a great deal of pride in our proficiency in caring for patients with a wide range of conditions, giving them care and support that’s tailored to their individual needs.

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all approaches when it comes to our patients’ well being. We believe in a personalized and versatile approach that helps our patients feel like they’re getting the most out of their lives, whether in the comfort of their own homes or in our brand new luxurious residential care facility with its fully equipped clinic.

Our team members are skilled and equipped in a wide range of disciplines to meet the changing needs of our patients including the administration of occupational therapy.

What is Occupational Therapy?

If you’ve never encountered the term Occupational Therapy before, there’s a good chance that it could be extremely useful to you without your even knowing it.Simply put, Occupational Therapy is a broad discipline that encompasses a wide range of support activities to help people with a wide range of difficulties to find it easier to do basic day-to-day tasks.

The end goal of Occupational Therapy is to help patients to lead more independent and autonomous lives. It is designed to be complementary to a wide range of needs and conditions and our flexible approach ensures that our patients enjoy the highest standards of occupational care without impinging on their lifestyles, careers and other arrangements.

Do I need occupational therapy?

There are lots of different people who can benefit from occupational therapy. It is used wherever people benefit from a helping hand navigating the challenges of day-to-day life which are rendered more complicated by a condition or disability. This might include;

  • A medical condition that limits your mobility – such as rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson’s disease.
  • A learning disability.
  • A condition like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which affects your energy levels even when you’re well rested.
  • A mental health condition like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or chronic depression.
  • An injury perhaps to the extremities or spinal column which can affect your mobility or ability to handle day-to-day objects.

We also provide a range of pediatric occupational therapies which can be invaluable to young people who are finding it difficult to navigate tasks and activities which their peers may be able to navigate with ease resulting in feelings of upset or frustration. This might include children affected by;

  • Developmental dyspraxia- where coordination of limbs and hands is often difficult.
  • Down’s Syndrome.
  • Cerebral Palsy.
  • ADD and ADHD.
  • Autism- Some young people may have trouble with everyday tasks due to communication or behavioral issues.

Of course, as we get older we may also need occupational therapy when the lack of mobility, hearing and eyesight that occur as a result of old age prevent us from being able to carry out activities which might have been easy for us years ago.

Occupational therapies can be extremely helpful to people of all ages with a variety of physical and psychological conditions- rendering support in all aspects of daily life, from the home to the workplace or school.

That’s where we come in!

Our diverse and comprehensive range of occupational therapies is designed to give our patients support when and where they need it most. We tailor our approach to the needs of every individual patient, assessing their needs and working collaboratively with them to implement a schedule of treatment and / or assistance to help them overcome the frustrations and complications that affect their quality of life.

At Home Caring Lifestyle and Health, we understand that emotional support is a crucial component of Occupational Therapy, including not just the emotional support for the patient but their loved ones, too. Part of our team’s duty of care is to provide extensive emotional and psychological support to the patient and their network.

How we can help

Our individualized approach starts with identifying the difficulties a person has with everyday tasks in the home as well as the school or workplace. Our occupational therapists can then administer assistance in one of the following ways:

  • Practicing individual activities with the patient and breaking them down into manageable stages.
  • Recommending changes that will make a given activity easier.
  • Modelling and teaching different ways to complete activities for the patient to try out on their own.
  • Providing, customizing or calibrating devices to make day to day activities easier.

That’s the role of an Occupational Therapist in broad strokes, but what might this look like in real terms? Here are some practical examples of how our team of Occupational Therapists might render assistance…

Assistive technologies

Assistive technologies are an integral part of Occupational Therapy and our skilled team of therapists have a wealth of specialized knowledge in the proper use and implementation of assistive technologies, so they can assign the right one/s for each patient’s needs. These might include walking frames, wheeled walking aids, shower chairs, dressing aids, non-slip matting or adapted cutler to make day-to-day life easier for patients.

Our Occupational Therapists also specialize in prescribing more complex equipment like pressure care equipment, hoists, and wheelchairs. Speaking of which…

Wheelchair assessments

Choosing the right wheelchair for your needs takes a great deal of knowledge and experience. Therapists need to be highly conversant of the patient’s condition and needs as well as having an excellent knowledge of the chairs on the market. Our Occupational Therapists are able to carry out an assessment in the comfort of the patient’s home to appraise their needs and find the perfect solution to bring them mobility, comfort and independence.

Home modifications

Occupational Therapy isn’t just about helping the individual patient make changes, it’s also about making changes to the home to make it more conducive to happy independent and autonomous living. Our skilled therapists can recommend a range of home modifications including platform lists, grab rails, non-slip flooring, hand held shower hoses or even complete redesigns of the bathroom or kitchen. It’s designed to make the home a more comfortable and less alienating place.

Daily living activities

Our team of Occupational Therapists is fully mobile and able to assist in a range of daily living activities from the comfort of your home. Therapists can help with activities like cooking and cleaning while also providing a friendly and companionable presence in the home. Our team can also help with more sensitive activities like dressing, bathing or visiting the toilet with the utmost care, dignity and discretion.
Upper limb therapy

Many of our patients in need of Occupational Therapy have trouble gripping, holding and manipulating various day-to-day items with their hands. Whether this is the result of an illness or injury or the onset of old age, this can be an extremely frustrating issue for many of our patients. Our highly knowledgeable Occupational Therapists provide effective upper limb therapies to help them regain their dexterity and take back their autonomy and control over their lives.

Physical rehabilitation

Physical rehab is a key aspect of Occupational Therapy and stroke victims, those with Motor Neuron Disease of other conditions like Multiple Sclerosis can all benefit from a course of physical rehabilitation that’s tailored to their unique needs.

Cognition, memory and planning

It’s not always physical impediments that can prevent patients from living their best lives. Our Occupational Therapists can help with all aspects of cognition and planning from maintaining a daily itinerary to maximize productivity at work or school and time management, including making sure enough time is set aside for rest and leisure activities.

Benefit and Medico legal support

Our comprehensive approach to Occupational Therapy also includes the legal and logistical aspects of making your life easier, more enjoyable and less stressful. In many cases, this includes helping patients with Supported Independent Living (SIL) or Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) applications through supporting and assisting with their Functional Capacity Assessments.

They can also render Medico Legal assistance if a patient ever needs the opinion of a medical expert for legal reasons. If patients are impaired as the result of a motor accident or act of professional negligence, our team can help you to build a strong legal case.

In-clinic and home / mobile therapy

We pride ourselves on our flexible and highly personal approach to our Occupational Therapy practices. We can render support in our state of the art clinic to ensure that patients get the very highest standard of care in pleasant and relaxing conditions. Alternatively, we are also more than happy to provide patients with support in their own home to minimise disruption of their lifestyles. We understand how important continuity is to many of our patients and aim to provide the very highest standard of care possible, wherever best suits their needs.

Fully NDIS funded

Worried about the cost of Occupational Therapy for yourself, your partner, your kids or another beloved member of your family? The good news is that our comprehensive range of Occupational Therapy services are all fully NDIS funded. So patients can relax safe in the knowledge that they are getting the highest standard of care without prohibitive personal cost.

Our services include full NDIS support coordination to help you get the help you need as quickly and as hassle-free as possible.

Why choose Home Caring Lifestyle and Health?

Entrusting yourself, a child or a loved one to the care of an Occupational Therapist is not a decision that is made lightly. It requires a huge leap of faith in the care provider. We understand that completely, which is why we have worked tirelessly to earn the trust of our patients and their loved ones.

With over 20 years’ experience in the care industry we are perfectly placed to give a broad spectrum of patients the very highest standard of care and the very best quality of life.

Everything we do is founded on these simple values;

  • Care: A client-focused approach which puts our patients first.
  • Quality: We constantly strive to bring the highest quality to our service and build value for our clients.
  • Innovation: Great care should never stand still. That’s why we’re committed to an innovative approach that is always striving to better meet patients’ needs.
  • Excellence: Our goal is always to exceed clients’ expectations through exceptional care and customer service.

If you’d like to know more about how our extensive range of treatments can help you or someone you love, get in touch with us today to arrange a free consultation!

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