Occupational Therapy

Our OTs offer a caring, compassionate and comprehensive service.

Our team of Occupational Therapists (OTs) are highly experienced and offer a broad range of services.


We focus on helping our clients live independently in their homes and communities by:  prescribing assistive technology (aids and equipment), recommending major and minor home modifications, conducting work place assessments and interventions as well as offering comprehensive driving assessments, driver retraining and vehicle modifications. We also offer comprehensive medico-legal, support needs and functional assessment reports.

We operate from our clinics in Frankston and Brighton and consult to clients either in their homes, residential care facilities or workplaces.  We can also consult at local suppliers to trial and recommend assistive technology.

We also have an upper limb clinic set up at our Frankston site.

We predominately service areas to the south and east of Melbourne, however we consult beyond these areas upon request.

Please contact or call our office (8707 0830) if you have an enquiry. 

 
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Assistive Technology Prescription

Assistive technology, also known as aids and equipment, includes a wide variety of devices that can help you to increase your independence with the activities of daily living that are important to you.

 

An important part of occupational therapy is prescribing safe and functional equipment to support our clients
to 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 complex power wheelchair that is customised to the client’s needs.  

 

What does the OT do?

  • The OT will complete a thorough assessment of your ability to participate in your Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), taking into account the environment in which your ADLs are completed.

  • The OT will help you to develop measurable goals around improving your capacity, and interventions to assist you to achieve those goals will be developed. 

  • Prescribing assistive technology is one of the many interventions that may be considered the most suitable option to help you achieve your goals.

  • Following a thorough search for suitable equipment, trials will be arranged with the client and the supplier if needed. This is to ensure you are happy with the equipment and it fits your needs.  Sometimes more than one trial is needed.

  • 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 kinds of Assistive Technology (AT) are there?


There are many different types of AT equipment- 

Some of the AT we commonly prescribe include:

  • Kitchen aids (built up cutlery, assistive chopping boards, kettle tippers, non-slips mats, easy to read recipe books etc.)

  • Communication aids (daily planners for support workers, visual communication prompts,  etc.)

  • Personal care aids (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.

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Home Safety Assessment

Your home is your sanctuary, our OTs will help you make it as safe as possible.

 

If you are experiencing changes in how you are managing your life at home, our Occupational Therapists can support your needs through identification of potential safety hazards within your home environment.

Our Occupational Therapists are experts in understanding how your conditions may impact on your daily life and can provide recommendations for appropriate equipment, home modifications or hazard reduction strategies that may be appropriate for your current needs. At Active One we pride ourselves on utilising a client centered approach with each of our clients by assessing your skills and limitations in daily tasks within your home, and working with you to support your needs.

 

What does the OT assess?

During the Home Safety Assessment, our Occupational Therapists may focus on tasks you do in:

  • Your bathroom (e.g. showering, bathing, toileting completing self-care tasks)

  • Your kitchen (e.g. meal preparation, cooking, washing dishes)

  • Your home office (e.g. ergonomic assessment, seating, desk, computer set up)

  • Living Room (e.g. transferring on and off couch, housework)

  • Backyard (e.g. gardening, looking after pets)

  • Entrance/exits (e.g. getting in the front and back doors, walking up steps)

 

After assessing each of these areas, the OT can support you to find solutions that will assist you completing your tasks at home safely and as independently as possible.  Solutions that we can help you with include:

  • Threshold ramps

  • Grab rail and bannister rail installation

  • Non-slip floor re-surfacing, matting and general falls prevention advice

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Home Modifications

A small or large change to your home can make all the difference to your feelings of confidence and security.

Why would I need home modifications?

One of the key services that our OTs provide is to assess and recommend major and minor home modifications.  This could include changing the structure, layout or fittings in your home to enable you to access and move around your home. You might have new equipment that doesn’t fit your current bathroom, carers that don’t have room to work, or you might be struggling to get up your front steps. With assistance from an OT, NDIS can support you to fund the modification of your home to best suit your needs.

What does the OT do?

  • The OT spends time discussing with the client and family the safest way to modify your home to
    suit your needs.

  • The OT will measure, design and complete a scope of works to meet your needs.

  • The OT will then research suppliers and liaise with builders to obtain a quote, and ensure that they are able to complete the relevant modifications.

  • The OT will then submit a detailed application to NDIS outlining all the justifications as to why this modification is reasonable and necessary.

  • Sometimes the OT will have to spend time liaising with the NDIS to further explain why some aspects of the home modification are reasonable and necessary for the individual’s disability.

  • Once the modification is approved by NDIS and the work is completed by the builders, the OT reviews the changes and provides training as required to you, your family or carers to ensure safety.

 

What kinds of home modifications are there?

Minor modifications may include:

  • Rails and grab bars to access points, stairs and bathrooms

  • Hand held shower hose in shower recess

  • Removal of shower screens and hobs

  • Lever taps

  • Non-slip treatments

  • Removeable Threshold ramps

 

Major modifications may include:

  • Complete accessible bathroom modification including level entry shower, installation of cavity sliding doors, raised toilet, accessible sinks and vanities, etc.

  • Front access modification including ramps, raising of deck height to ensure level entry access to home, balustrades, external lifts,

  • Kitchen modifications to ensure wheelchair accessibility (e.g. automated cupboards, wall mounted benches, adjustable cabinetry and shelving).

 

Our OTs will take you through the process step by step and ensure that the you are well informed at each step. Small, or large, home modifications can make a huge difference to how comfortable and safe you feel in your home.

 
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Capacity Building

We work to build up clients’ skills in all aspects of life to assist them to be as independent as possible.

What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building aims to develop and improve one’s general life skills in various areas such as:

  • Navigating and accessing appropriate services through Support Coordination input

  • Finding and maintaining one’s employment

  • Increasing social and community participation

  • Improving one’s life choices (i.e. accessing training on budgeting and managing one’s NDIS plan)

  • Improving daily living skills

 

While our OT’s can support clients through all these areas, a key category that will often work on with clients is improving daily living skills.

 

What is Improved Daily Living in my NDIS plan?

The Improved Daily Living section of your capacity building supports revolves around provision of appropriate therapy services aimed at building your capacity to participate in the community and increase your independence and safety in completing desired and necessary activities within your home environment.

Our Occupational Therapists can support you to develop or increase your independence in completing safe and necessary skills surrounding daily activities such as:

  • Dressing

  • Showering

  • Cleaning

  • Meal Preparation

  • Travel Training

  • Literacy and numeracy

  • Money Handling and Budgeting

  • Developing appropriate daily routines

  • Developing appropriate memory strategies

 

What does the OT do?

This typically involves the completion of functional assessments by one of our Occupational Therapists to ascertain your existing capacity levels and future support needs. From there our Occupational Therapists will work with you to develop personalised capacity building program to develop your skills in the appropriate areas based on your wishes and identified needs. In addition to the conduction of 1:1 capacity building sessions to develop your skills, our Occupational Therapists can work with you to identify relevant aids and equipment you may require to support your capacity building goals.

 
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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Assessments

OTs asses the structure, technology, staffing and disability services required to support your everyday living in a specialist home curated for your needs.

 

What is SDA?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

 

To enter an SDA, the individual will require a comprehensive assessment and report to justify why it is reasonable and necessary that an SDA is appropriate for them.  Our team of Occupational Therapists are experienced in completing these comprehensive assessments to support our clients in exploring their housing options. Our team specialise in producing detailed reports to advocate for our clients housing needs. We work with our clients and their families to explore and identify each client’s individual daily living needs.

 

These needs may include the clients’

  • Environmental needs

  • Assistive technology needs

  • Support staffing needs.

  • Disability Service needs

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Complex Functional and Support Needs Assessments

The analysis of a task and an individual’s daily activities gives our OTs a comprehensive look into the clients’ lives and how we can assist them.

What is a Complex functional and support needs assessments?

Complex functional and support needs assessments refer to comprehensive assessment that analyses an individual’s functional performance in all areas of personal care, domestic, vocational, educational and recreational activities in and around a person’s the home and their community. This can include performing in-depth functional assessments relating to specific activities of daily living (ADLs), such as budgeting, preparing a shopping list, grocery shopping, money handling, road safety skills, safety within the community and meal preparation.

We gain information about the participants medical history, physical functioning, accessibility of
home environment, assistive technology use and level of support required to safely and
independently perform ADLs.

 

What do these assessments show?

These assessments;

  • Provide detailed evidence regarding a person’s support needs

  • Identify strengths and difficulties that a person may experience when completing their daily activities.

  • Provide clinical rationale and recommendations about strategies, supports, accommodation, aides and equipment, and home modifications which aim at promoting a greater level of independence and quality of life.

 

A comprehensive report is compiled to outline the participant’s functional capacity, care needs, recommendation for supports, home modifications or assistive technology and appropriate housing recommendations to support independent living

 
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OT Driver Assessment & Rehabilitation

A small or large change to your home can make all the difference to your feelings of confidence and security.

Supporting drivers with medical issues or disabilities to gain or retain their independence is another key area for Active One’s OTs. We do this by offering comprehensive OT driver assessments, driver rehabilitation and vehicle modifications for people with disabilities. An OT driver assessment may be required due to the potential impact of a disability or medical condition on driving skills.

Our OT driver assessors have an additional qualification and are registered with VicRoads. This allows them to help their clients to either obtain a driver’s licence, or to ensure that current drivers maintain their independence and ability to drive safely.

 

What does the OT do?

Our role as OT driver assessors is to assess drivers with a disability, and where required, trial and prescribe vehicle modifications/hand controls. OT driver assessors play an important road safety role in assisting VicRoads to meet its responsibilities to ensure that licence holders are safe drivers.

Our OT driver assessors can support their clients with a disability to obtain their drivers licence through comprehensive driver readiness assessment.

This involves:

  • Assessing the pre-curser skills required for safe and independent driving.

  • Recommendations and therapy intervention provided as necessary to assist an individual to become ready for driving.

  • The OT driver assessor will liaise with Vic Roads to obtain authority to proceed with the OT driver assessment.

  • Complete an Off-road evaluation and an On-road test in a dual controlled vehicle with a qualified
    Driving Instructor.

 

The OT driver assessor is required to provide a report and recommendations to VicRoads.
Recommendations may include:

  • Safe and independent to drive

  • Safe to drive with individualised driving conditions

  • Vehicle modifications

  • Additional driving lessons and an OT driver re-test following completion of goal directed driving lessons outlined and monitored by the OT driver assessor.

 

What if I need modifications to my car?

If vehicle modifications/hand controls are required, our OT driver assessors will discuss your options with you and if determined that assistive technology is the most beneficial route, then we do our research and use our extensive clinical expertise to ensure we find the most suitable solution for you. After completing the necessary trials, the OT will submit a detailed application to the NDIS to outline all the justifications as to why this driving technology/equipment is reasonable and necessary.

What if I need more lessons?

The OT driver assessor is also able discuss and make recommendations with regards to NDIS funding for Specialised Driving Lessons if it is considered that the individual requires such input as a result of their disability. Our OT driver assessment service is provided from both our Frankston and Brighton Clinics.

 

Vehicle Modifications:

The NDIS will fund changes to a vehicle or installation of equipment in a vehicle to increase the safety and accessibility for the participant and their carer(s) when transferring, driving, or travelling in the vehicle.

These may include:

  • Enabling vehicle access with or without a wheelchair

  • Supporting wheelchair transfers in and out of the vehicle without lifting/carrying

  • Promoting safe transportation when seated in the wheelchair

  • Facilitating driving of the vehicle with specialised controls or other adaptions