Occupational Therapy aims to improve independence and participation in community involvement. The NDIS provides funding for Occupation Therapy services and it is often included in a NDIS participant's plan in either the Core Supports or Capacity Building sections. Accessing these services can have profound, positive changes to a participant's life.
So what does an Occupational Therapist do?
The role of an Occupational Therapist is to work with people of all ages to come up with a strategy for managing and improving every day life. The OT will look at how a participant does any kind of activity or task and will establish a plan to make it easier or less painful.
An Occupational Therapist takes a holistic approach to supporting the participant.
What Occupational Therapy services are available through the NDIS?
- Assistive technology (aids and equipment)
- Home modifications
- Vehicle modifications and driving assessments
- Assessment of personal support needs (personal care)
- Coordinating respite care
- Housing assessments for participants requiring Specialist Disability Accommodation
- Transport assistance
- Orientation and mobility training
- Supported employment evaluation and training services
- Helping children to reach their developmental goals through interventions such as play-based therapy
- Whole of life personal planning
How can an Occupational Therapist support you when using care and support workers?
Occupational Therapists can work directly with care and support workers to implement their plan to help you achieve your goals. This can involve instructing care and support workers about how to safely support you and respect your preferences in daily life.
How can an Occupational Therapist assist care and support workers in supporting their clients?
Occupational Therapists can assess your cient and discuss their goals for their support services. They are then able to provide a plan for you to implement that will ensure your client's goals are achieved and for the services you provide to be effective in promoting participation in day to day life.
Are You Eligible For Occupational Therapy Supports Through The NDIS?
If you are under the age of 65 and have a disability that affects your ability to participate in every day activities, you may be eligible. Please refer to the NDIS Access Checklist or phone the NDIS directly on 1800 800 110.
To become a care or support worker, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/carer
To find aged care services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/aged-care-workers
To find disability support services, please visit www.careseekers.com.au/services/disability-support-workers