Functional Assessments in Geelong & Surrounds
Being able to complete activities in your home and in the community – Functional Assessments
After an injury or illness you may experience some difficulty completing activities of daily living at home or in the community. We can break these daily living skills into different categories:
- self care: these are skills required for looking after yourself such as showering, dressing, going to the toilet and eating and drinking
- cooking and household activities such as cooking, cleaning or doing the laundry
- community activities including shopping, managing your money, getting around in the community
- mobility and falls
- getting back to work or remaining in work
Having the confidence to manage these tasks safely can impact on your self confidence and dignity.
How we can help:
The aim of occupational therapy is to assist people challenged with every day’s tasks and help you find a way to complete them. This may include:
- retraining the way you complete the task yourself
- training a carer or family member to assist
- using adaptive equipment to make it easier to complete the task
Some of the common reasons people seek the help of an occupational therapist include:
- reducing the risk of falls
- coping with difficulties in standing or maintaining posture for a sufficient length of time. For example standing whilst cooking a meal
- learning new personal care skills after a brain, spinal or traumatic injury
- learning new techniques as a progressive condition progresses
- adapting the environment or prescription of equipment to make it easier and safer to complete the skill
- learning to use public transport to get out and about in the community
- returning to work following a brain, spinal or traumatic injury
An occupational therapy assessment can be useful to identify your strengths and limitations and narrow down the exact problems that you are facing so we can work together to find the best possible solution in building your capacity in completing these skills.
Some funding bodies require a functional assessment to help determine the support, carers and equipment required when transitioning out of hospital, when diagnosed with a new condition, moving home.
Have a question for the GSOT team?
Occupations are everyday tasks that include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists). Examples of occupations may be taking care of yourself and / or others, working, community activities and hobbies. Within occupational therapy we work with you to set client centred goals based on your strengths and limitations and work with you to achieve these functional goals.
The amount of funding you need for occupational therapy depends on your goals and your individual situation. We will conduct an initial assessment and following the initial assessment we will complete a report with a therapy plan giving you an indication of funding required to achieve each goal. We will discuss the importance of each goal with you so we can prioritise your funding. We normally suggest that you have 5 hours of funding available for the initial assessment, travel and report writing.
This will depend on your private health insurance. Please discuss with your private health insurance provider. In addition to private health insurance you can visit your GP and obtain a Enhanced Primary Care “EPC” plan for 5 discounted OT sessions.
Our therapists will meet with you at your chosen location. This may be in your home, place of work, in the community or at our clinic location.
We will complete an initial assessment which involves discussing and assessing your current function, limitations and strengths of function and then work together to form an intervention plan to achieve these goals. We will complete a report so you have a list of these goals and associated action plans.
It’s often helpful to have others present for your initial assessment to help provide information, this may be family members, support workers, other health professionals or support coordinators.