Occupational Therapy – Modifying Your Home
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Sometimes, modifications to your home can be necessary for you to continue to live safely and independently. These modifications may involve installing assistive technology products or they could mean making structural adjustments to spaces in your home.
At Ability Action Australia, we’re skilled and experienced in carrying out the preliminary assessments needed for home modifications, and can recommend changes to the structure or fittings of your home so that you’re safe, secure and mobile.
After a thorough assessment, our Occupational Therapists can suggest a range of home modifications, from the simple to the more complex. While many of these changes can be made quickly to meet your needs, people with disability will often require a qualified professional to identify and trial the right solution.
Types of modifications
Simpler home modifications include a doorbell or a bath seat. Other examples of basic, low-cost modifications or assistive technology include:
- Grab rails
- Non-slip flooring
- Lever taps
- Step wedges
More complex modifications might involve:
- Installing access ramps
- Widening external pathways
- Lowering kitchen and bathroom countertop heights
- Modifying a bathroom to install an open, stepless shower
- Installing automatic door openers
- Replacement of hand basins to increase accessibility
Items that help you perform tasks more easily can also include more specialised and complex technological devices, such as products that help you get around if you don’t see well. You’ll need the support of an Occupational Therapist, or other professional suitably qualified in assistive technology assessing, to help you identify, source and safely use these more complex items.
The visual or hearing limitations of a person with disability, for example, might be addressed by the following products:
- Electronic portable hand-held magnifiers
- Talking kitchen scales
- Vision specific apps for a smart phone
- Audio system for print material
- Hearing aids
- Doorbell and phone alerting system
- Vibrating smoke alarm
- Baby cry pager
Successful trial and use
As part of your assessment, we’ll work closely with you, listening to your concerns and goals, before recommending the most appropriate technology for your needs, and selecting and buying the right products. The process usually involves a trial of various technology options, to get the best and safest fit.
The trial period may be quick, or take a bit longer, as with more complex equipment. In this case, we provide thorough training so that you know how to use the equipment and can take charge of using it confidently on your own.
Sometimes it’s necessary to customise the equipment, when off-the-shelf solutions may not work in the best way possible. In these instances our friendly and professional Occupational Therapists are experienced in modifying devices to fit your individual requirements.
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Ability Action Australia provides dedicated, fast and tailored assessment and therapy services to people with disability throughout NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, ACT, SA and WA.
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a way of supporting people with permanent and significant disability. The NDIS is designed to give individuals greater choice and control over when, where and how their funded supports are provided. The specific support and funding available is based on each individual’s specific needs. You can find out more about what therapeutic supports are funded by referring to the NDIS website.
Ability Action Australia have the capability to provide Occupational Therapy Australia wide.