What is Occupational Therapy?
What is Occupational Therapy?
Gong Life Care Solutions, as an NDIS provider with deep experience in the disability and aged care sectors, is often in contact with Occupational Therapists. Their role is vital in enabling people to remain at home, and to remain as independent as possible. Gong Life Care Solutions is an Australian owned and operated supplier of high quality equipment, such as the Aquabuddy-Home bed showering system, the Relaxa-Bathlift, and the posture-support wheelchair, called the Strongback Mobility Wheelchair.
The following description of what occupational therapists do, clearly outlines how important this professional group is.
“Occupational Therapists focus on promoting health and well-being by enabling people to participate in the everyday occupations of life, such as self-care activities including showering, dressing, preparing food; productive activities such as education, work, volunteering and caring for others; and leisure/social activities, such as being part of a community group, engaging in a hobby, and being part of a friendship group. Occupational therapists play a particularly crucial role in enabling people experiencing disability to identify and implement methods that support their participation in occupations. This may include modifying an activity or an environment”.
This description is a direct quote from the website of the Allied Health Professionals Australia website. https://ahpa.com.au/allied-health-professions/occupational-therapy
In a nutshell, Occupational Therapists (OTs) focus on improving a person's ability to perform activities of daily living – the things that “occupy” you from day to day. OTs must have a degree in occupational therapy and be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA).
The Federal Government’s health information website called HealthDirect states that: “An OT can help you maintain, regain or improve your independence by using different techniques, changing your environment, and using new equipment”. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au
Is it different from Physiotherapy?
Sometimes people are uncertain about the difference between a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. The main difference is that a physiotherapist is an expert in the structure of the human body and its movement. Physiotherapists can treat you if you have a problem with pain or movement. Physiotherapy could help you become more mobile and make you more comfortable. The focus is on maximising mobility and function of the person’s physical body.
Will occupational therapy benefit me?
If you think you might benefit from the assistance of an Occupational Therapist, check with your doctor, nurse or other health or social care worker, who can make a referral. Medicare covers fees in certain circumstances, but only if your doctor refers you. Also, if you have private health insurance, check whether or not Occupational Therapy is covered, and to what extent.
People developing or reviewing an NDIS plan or a My Aged Care package could discuss the need for Occupational Therapy with their relevant provider.
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