Who Can Access Occupational Therapy
The dedicated Occupational Therapy (OT) team from Total Health Physio support individuals through private home visits, NDIS participants, homecare package clients as well as aged care facilities throughout Melbourne.
All of our Occupational Therapists are fully qualified and hold a minimum of Bachelor of OT.
Mobile Throughout South East Melbourne
Our OTs Specifically Address:
- Environmental assessments
- Functional rehabilitation
- Equipment requirements (i.e. prescribing appropriate wheelchairs, gait aids etc)
- Lodging assessment and request forms to the NDIS/NDIA
- Equipment trials
- Project management & quotes required for home modifications
Skills We Help With
We work closely with individuals to help them with a range of skills –
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Cognitive skills
- Self care skills
- Social engagement
- Falls prevention
- Visual perception
University Trained, Experienced Occupational Therapists
Total Health Physio’s OTs have clinical experience with a range of physical and neurological conditions.
The term occupation refers to daily actions people perform. Our OTs work closely with individuals to reach high functional outcomes by optimising regular activities of daily living.
These outcomes relate to living safely at home, participating in the community, increasing independence and setting and achieving functional goals.
We work best with elderly individuals and adults living with a disability.
Occupational Therapy FAQ
Do I need a referral from a GP to book Occupational Therapy services?
No, you don’t need a referral from a GP.
You can refer yourself, we receive referrals from individuals, NDIS participants, support coordinators, support workers as well as home care package providers.
What education and professional memberships do your Occupational Therapists possess?
All of our OTs registered with AHPRA and required to undertake mandatory professional development each year to maintain their registration.
Our OTs are also members of Occupational Therapy Australia.
All our team possess a criminal record check, working with children check, current first aid as well as personal and public indemnity insurance.
I don’t own my property, can I still get Occupational Therapy?
Most of the work our OTs do has low environmental impact and this is a non-issue. In the event we are conducting home modifications, we will liaise with the respective property owner and perform this aspect of the service. We are aware of Victorian legislation that governs this form of healthcare.
What is the Occupational Therapy process in detail?
Step 1 – Enquiry
We’ll set up the initial assessment within 5 days.
At our discretion, we may perform a pre-home visit risk assessment over the phone. This may take up to 15 minutes.
Step 2 – Home Assessment
One of our compassionate Occupational Therapists will visit the residence to conduct an initial assessment. We will perform a home environment risk assessment – look at the environment to identify hazards and see if its safe for the individual, what assistive equipment could be helpful and if home modifications would be beneficial.
At this point, we will know what ongoing training will be required. Towards the end of the session, we will formulate a plan of how we will work together, and set meaningful goals. A goal could be improving upper limb dexterity to handle a kettle safely and pour a cup of tea. If the person is an NDIS participant, we will review their current NDIS plan.
Step 3 – Occupational Therapy Services
Our OTs mainly help with prescribing, trialling and implementing assistive equipment and technology. Examples of these include introducing ramps, handrails, wheelchairs, cushions for wheelchairs, shower chairs and toilet commodes.
We are also capable of delivering home modification projects, we liaise with the necessary property management and other third parties. We can create Scope of Works documents and submit these to the NDIA.
Step 4 – Ongoing Support
The frequency of rehabilitation sessions with our Physios & OTs varies, this information will be conveyed in our service agreement from the initial assessment. We work well with other healthcare companies and support our patients transitioning from our services.