What Is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a client-centred form of therapy, focused on increasing independence and participation.
An Occupational Therapist (OT) is an allied health professional who can help you participate in everyday activities, such as:
Eating and drinking
Ensuring safety and comfort during transport
Participating in leisure and social activities at home and in the community
Sensory processing- to help with understanding a client’s environment to improve overall function in daily activities
Improving access and safety through modifications in the home
Ensuring comfort and safety by improving positioning
Recommending, prescribing and customising equipment
OT services can help increase your independence and accessibility to the world around you.
How Do I Book an OT with My NDIS Funding?
Hit 100 can provide OT services for NDIS participants in Sydney with funding in Capacity Building (Support Category 3) - Improved Daily Living (Line Item 15).
To book an OT in Sydney with Hit100, fill out this form here or give us a call on 1300 448 100
Many people are unaware of the range of services that occupational therapists can provide to help their clients with the occupations of their daily lives.
Here are 4 things you should know about OT’s before booking your consultation through your NDIS Plan:
#1: OTs Can Help with Social Skills, Memory, and Cognition
OT’s can also help their clients improve or develop cognitive-based skills (source).
Problem-solving: OTs can provide comprehensive trainings to help clients with their problem-solving and reasoning skills. OTs will often begin by assessing the client to see what their skills are, then begin to work with them one-on-one to teach them how to identify a problem, contemplate potential solutions, test solutions, and evaluate if and how the problem was resolved. Problems are wide-ranging, and may include solving word problems or puzzles, which help to boost cognitive skills.
Memory: Forgetfulness and memory problems can be particularly worrying for family members and other loved ones to witness. Many OTs are trained to sensitively identify any environmental or other concerns in the home that may be sources of subsequent memory issues, such as open doorways that let the client wander outside at night. They can then make recommendations on how to reduce those issues.
#2: You CAN Get NDIS Funding If You Are Over Age 65!
If you turn 65 after you have been approved by the NDIS, you can choose to continue to receive your NDIS supports!
The NDIS is not available to people who apply over 65. However, if you turn 65 after you have been approved as a participant in the scheme, you can choose to continue receiving supports through the NDIS.
The best place to start is the NDIS Access Checklist, which is available here. Alternatively, you can call us to talk about your needs on 1300 448 100.
For more information about access requirements, visit www.ndis.gov.au/people-disability/access-requirements.
#3: OTs Work with the FAMILY, Not Just The Participant
Family members naturally play a significant role and have a strong influence on your health and wellbeing.
OTs can indirectly serve their clients’ needs through family members and loved ones. Family-OT collaboration has continued to be a crucial strategy for OTs for several decades, to ensure the circle of care is established.
Family members are key resources for the OT, as they continue to help the client practice OT exercises and understand overall learnings outside consultations. Wide implementation of these OT strategies and programs in the home and within the circle of care, ensure better results.
One example of how this works, is the OT education delivered to family members which allows them to facilitate a safe, healthy environment.
#4: You Can Book An OT in Sydney NOW!
Our new Occupational Therapist (OT) in Sydney
Lucy holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Sydney, as well as a Master of Chiropractic Science.
Lucy is experienced in delivering the following Occupational Therapy services: home modifications, seating and positioning assessment, equipment prescriptions, nursing home consultations, rehabilitation exercise, activities of daily living (ADL’s) assessment, sensory assessment, falls prevention, wheelchair review and customisation.
Lucy has experience as a registered NDIS service provider, having delivered in-home therapy supports to NDIS participants in Sydney. Lucy has worked closely with many participants and their family members to achieve specific goals and improve independent living skills - enabling clients to participate in their communities.