Aid & Equipment Prescription
An important part of our OT’s job is prescribing safe and functional equipment to support our clients complete their daily tasks. This can range from something as small as built up cutlery for someone who has poor grip strength, to prescribing a whole electric bed and mattress system that is customised to the client’s needs. Your OT works hard to ensure that the NDIS has all the evidence they need to be able to justify funding these items.
What does the OT do?
- The OT will assess your need for any aids and equipment in all areas of your functioning.
- The OT will discuss your options with you and if we decide assistive equipment is the most beneficial route, then we do our research to ensure we find something suitable for you.
- With most equipment, the OT will complete a trial with the client and the supplier. This is to ensure you are happy with the equipment, it fits your needs, and if any alterations need to be done to the equipment they can be. Sometimes we might need to do multiple trials!
- The OT will then gain a quote from the supplier and ensure they can provide the correct equipment.
- The OT will submit a detailed application to the NDIS outlining all the justifications as to why this equipment is reasonable and necessary.
- Once funded and delivered, the OT will review your safety and assess your use of the equipment.
- Sometimes you, your family or carers might need some extra training on how to use the equipment and the OT will provide this as needed.
What kind of aids and equipment are there?
There are many different types of equipment and our OT’s will ensure they search high and low for something that suits your needs.
Some of the main aids and equipment we commonly prescribe include:
- Kitchen aids (built up cutlery, assistive chopping boards, kettle tippers, non-slips mats, assistive eating systems, etc.)
- Communication aids (speech generating devices, visual communications prompts, communication applications etc.)
- Personal care aids and equipment (long-handed brushes, sock donners, adaptable clothing, pressure garments, continence aids, etc.)
- Mobility aids and equipment (4-wheeled-walkers, powered wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, mobility scooters etc.).
- Bathroom aids (commode, shower chair/stool, over toilet frame, toilet seat raiser, bath boards, etc.)
- Transfer aids (ceiling hoists, mobile hoists, slide sheets, transfer boards, etc.)
- Seating and sleeping aids and equipment (recliner lift chair, electric adjustable beds and mattress systems, day chairs, alternative positioning support for postural control, etc.)
These are just some of the few equipment options that our OTs prescribe, and there are many more helpful aids out there that your OT can support you to find. If you are unsure if equipment could help you achieve your goals, just ask at your initial assessment and your OT will happily explore some options for you.