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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are registered health professionals whose goal is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. This can include issues with self-care (e.g. washing, dressing, bathing), productivity (e.g. housework, driving, shopping, meal prep), leisure activities (e.g. bowls, swimming, baking, gardening) and work. 

  • Have you ever been frustrated waiting for an OT appointment or rejected as not high enough priority by the hospital or Allied Community Health Team?
  • Have you been accepted, but are concerned about waiting times e.g. when they will come out and assess you?
  • Have you had a claim rejected by ACC for an assessment or equipment need which you still believe you need?  
  • Are you or someone you know struggling with a daily living activity at home?


Our qualified Occupational Therapists can complete with you an Occupational Therapy Initial Assessment. This assessment is your opportunity to give a complete history of your issues to date, and together with us, look at their impact on your daily life and ‘occupations’. The assessment is tailor-made for you depending on your needs. It can include:

  • Showering/ Bathing
  • Hobbies
  • Meal prep
  • Housework
  • Washing and Dressing
  • Gardening
  • Toileting
  • Shopping
  • Using public transport
  • Managing energy levels
  • Joint protection
  • Falls prevention
  • Wheelchair Assessment
  • Moving and Handling
  • Worksite Assessments
  • Mobility Assessments
  • Energy Conservation
  • Accessing the great outdoors
  • And more

Tailored Assessments

Our tailored individual OT assessment will identify simple but functional ways to improve your ability to complete activities or tasks that you find difficult. This can be a mix of some simple changes, for example, the way you organise your kitchen which can help you conserve energy, or a piece of equipment in the bathroom which could make the activity safer.  The smallest piece of equipment or adaptation when completing an activity, can make a huge difference to your ability to manage it thus, reducing your frustration and giving you a greater sense of accomplishment.

If appropriate, the assessment can recommend equipment that could make your life easier and safer, for example:

  • Making getting on/off the toilet easier. (Toilet surrounds, grab rails, raised seats).
  • Getting in/out of the shower/bath and reducing the risk of falls. (Rails, showers tools, bath boards etc)
  • Managing falls and identifying risks in and around the house (e.g. ramps, removing trip hazards, rearranging furniture).
  • Seating. (Correct posture, and maximum comfort).
  • Kitchen activities, such as meal prep, (perching stools, ergonomic work space management, adapted knifes and chopping boards etc).

A full report with lifestyle equipment/recommendations and a follow-up phone call in the following days/weeks (as needed), for review is included in the initial assessment cost


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