Home Assessment & Modifications in Geelong & Surrounds
Access to your home – home modifications
Being able to get around your home or access the world outside your home is important for daily functioning and also health and wellbeing.
When considering home modifications we recognise that your home is your home and that aesthetics are important. There are many mainstream options available that improve accessibility but ensure your home does not look like a hospital environment.
How can we help?
Whether you’re looking for a temporary or long term solution here are just some of the ways we can help.
We take into consideration:
- what equipment you use now and what equipment you may require in the future.
- the home environment including inside and outside, your garden, driveway and street access
- your and your families goals
- if you rent or own your home
We ensure that the modifications meet your goals providing recommendations for cost effective, flexible and practical solutions
Modifications may include but are not limited to
- Access: ramps, rails, stair lifts, automated doors, platform steps, wheelchair lift
- Internal: increasing width of doorways for accessibility, overhead tracking for hoists
- Bathroom: level access shower, walk in bath, rails
- Toilet: bidet, accessible height toilet, drop down rails
- Bedroom: automated lighting for night time toileting, adjustable bed
- Kitchen: wheelchair accessible pull out draws, accessible appliances
- Laundry: accessible pulley clothes line, washer or dryer at accessible height
- Home automation: lighting, blinds, heating, cooling, doors, doorbell, television
Once the modifications have been determined we will discuss funding including submitting funding applications to relevant national insurance schemes.
We work collaboratively with builders and architects to ensure the modifications meet standards and are functional.
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.