We will now be offering the services of an Occupational Therapist at Bodyfix. Most people are unsure what an Occupational Therapist does? So following is a brief outline as to how our Occupational Therapist may benefit you.
An Occupational Therapist is trained to assist people to overcome various problems in order to live more independent lives. People may need assistance due to injury or illness, mental health problems, developmental delay or the effects of ageing.
Occupational therapists work in many different environments, including schools, nursing homes, hospitals and workplaces. They take a holistic approach to healthcare and treatment, and their goal is to improve skills for living so that people can accomplish more, and improve wellbeing and quality of life. They work with the person, their family, and other healthcare professionals where necessary.
People of all ages and abilities can be helped by occupational therapy (OT). DVA, WorkCover, EPC clients welcome. Health fund rebates available. Home visit services on offer. You may also be eligible to access at OT under certain government funding schemes for disability services. Working with children:
Helping children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability.
Rehabilitation and aged care:
Assessing and modifying clients’ home and community environments to improve their safety and independence e.g. ramps, rails, bathroom modifications.
Prescibing mobility aids and equipment and educating clients and carers in the use of aids to assist function e.g. wheelchairs, toilet/shower chairs, 4 wheeled walkers, pressure cushions/mattresses.
Specialist interventions in various health conditions including lymphoedema management, vascular care.
Assessing clients’ cognition, function and psychosocial needs.
Monitoring clients’ function and progress, prescribing adaptive equipment to ensure safety upon discharge from hospitals.
Using specialised assessments to determine the functional requirements of various jobs, and clients’ capacity to return to work.
Designing and coordinating graded return to work programs.
Educating clients in safe work practices.
Modifying the work environment to suit the needs of individuals so as to prevent or minimise injuries.
Hand and upper limb splinting
Designing individual and group programs and activities to enhance clients’ independence in everyday activities.
Developing coping strategies for clients in overcoming their mental health issues.
Improving clients’ confidence and self esteem in social situations.
Please don't hesitate to contact us, if have any further questions about how our OT may be able to help you.