Occupational Therapy Home Visits

Occupational Therapy Home Visits provides support to people whose health or disability makes it hard for them to do everyday things. Home visit occupational therapy can help you maintain, regain or improve your independence by using different techniques, changing your environment and using new equipment, all in the comfort of your own home.

For a list of Home Visit Occupational Therapists operating in your area, please enter your postcode, suburb or town below.

Why choose an occupational therapy home visit?

Clients have many reasons for choosing an occupational therapist to come to them for an in-home visit, rather than travelling to a clinic. Home visit occupational therapy usually provides the same services as one would receive by travelling to an external clinic.

Home visits from occupational therapists cut down on waiting and travelling times for clients, so a home visit is usually more convenient for a client that is time poor. It also provides an opportunity for the therapist to better understand the home environment of the client which, in turn, helps the overall therapy process.

Other patients who may choose to have an occupational therapist visit their home include those who are advanced in age, or have mobility issues. Increasingly these patients are maintaining their independence by being able to stay in their homes longer by utilising mobile occupational therapy home care.

What ever the reason may be, Home Visit Network will make the process of finding a local independent occupational therapist that will come to your home quick and easy for a home visit.

What does a home visit from an occupational therapist entail?

An occupational therapist is a practitioner who helps patients recover and improve their daily lives which have been affected by injury, illness or disability, through means of therapeutic exercises.

When an occupational therapist comes to a patient’s house, they may perform an assessment of the patient’s daily routine and discuss what and how certain tasks may be difficult to perform. They may also assess the client’s motor skills, endurance, coordination and balance/strength.

An occupational therapist will usually have a look around and assess environmental factors around the patient’s home, such as stairs, distance between vital parts of the home, the various heights of objects used in daily activities etc. They may recommend the use and/or installation of various aids such as ramps (to assist mobility), bars in places such as the toilet area/bathroom, or equipment such as walking sticks or wheelchairs.

What Occupational Therapy treatments are usually covered?

An occupational therapist may run through different ways to perform everyday tasks which may be causing a patient difficulty. For example, if a client is finding it difficult to chop food for a meal, they may suggest buying food which is pre-prepared. They may also run through different methods of obtaining goods and services, such as obtaining information on services which deliver such goods and services to the client’s home, or public transport options that run past the client’s house.

The therapist may also perform rehabilitative treatments such as going through step-by-step processes of lifting, sitting, standing etc, performing each step with the client so they know how to complete the process on their own in the most comfortable, safest way possible.

It is important that you confirm with your therapist which treatments they provide.

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