Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what activities you can do (and those you want to do), any current limitations, your goals/motivations and also to offer advice/techniques about how to do something more easily and safely Access. At RSB our Occupational therapists will work with you to help with ideas and strategies to enable you to do things as independently and safely as possible.
Sometimes it is about learning to do things differently or using adaptive equipment to assist with a task. Occupational Therapists (OT’s) can meet with you in your home, workplace or school to discuss any challenges and can offer individualised solutions to make life easier. OT’s have a holistic approach and work together with carers/ families and other health professionals to enable you to achieve your goals.
RSB OT’s can provide supports under various funding streams including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), My Aged Care, Home Care Packages, DVA and Job Access. RSB OT’s provide services across South Australia, including regular trips to regional areas such as Port Pirie, Port Augusta, the Yorke Peninsula, the Riverland, the South East and the Eyre Peninsula.
RSB OT’s can assist an individual in regards to the following areas
Adaptive Technology / Equipment
OT’s can assess, trial and prescribe the most suitable type of equipment for your needs. A thorough assessment will be conducted either in your home, school or workplace to ensure that the equipment will be suitable to meet your goals. A trial of larger equipment may take place at the RSB low vision clinic. OT’s can assist with prescribing magnification aids, low vision aids, talking products and general Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) equipment.
OT’s can assess your home or workplace and make recommendations for home modifications which may include alternative lighting, grab rails, ramps, step modifications. OT’s can prescribe minor to complex home modifications.
OT’s are currently registered with the National Panel of Assessors, who provide funding for worksite assessments through Job Access. Our OT’s will visit your workplace and make recommendations to enable you to continue in your job role. Recommendations will be made for equipment, training and supports to ensure you have all the tools you need to continue working in your chosen field.
Daily Living Training
OT’s can assess, plan and implement daily living training programs to assist in activities such as meal preparation, wheelchair training and cleaning tasks. Goal directed therapy programs are designed with you to learn new ways of conducting everyday activities.
OT’s can conduct Falls Risk Assessments in the home environment and work with you to minimise your risk of falls by recommending simple changes. The recommendations may include clearing walkways, removing hazards, improving lighting or adding contrasting colours to the environment. Home modifications can also increase home safety, such as grab rails, banister rails or ramps.
Animal Assisted Therapy
OT’s have developed a program for children on the Autism spectrum to engage in therapy sessions with a specially trained therapy dog. Animal Assisted Therapy is an alternative style of therapy which aims to increase the child’s confidence, assist with self regulation and explore meaningful relationships.
The therapy program is individualised and goal directed and provide a safe and enjoyable environment to work towards their goals.
OT’s are able to provide different skills-based training in a group environment that changes throughout the year depending on client need. Some examples have included cooking groups and learning how to use technology, such as smart phones or tablets, to better engage in various ADL’s. We also have OT’s who are skilled in providing specific training to those over the age of 65 through ‘Talk Through Tech.’