NDIS Home Modification Occupational Therapy
Offering home modification assessment occupational therapy services
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 occupational therapy functional capacity and assistive technology 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 occupational therapist home modification assessment, our team of Occupational Therapists can suggest a range of home modifications, from the simple to the more complex. Alterations may be necessary to accommodate mobility aids to assist with daily living. While many of these changes can be made quickly to meet your needs, people with disabilities will often require a qualified professional to identify and trial the right solution.
Simple and Complex Home Modifications Occupational Therapy
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
Funding is available for more complex modifications depending on your needs, such as complete NDIS bathroom renovations. Complex modifications might include:
- 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 smartphone
- 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, convenient and tailored assessment and NDIS therapy services to people with disability throughout NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS, ACT, SA and WA.
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Home Safety Assessment Occupational Therapy Services: Frequently Asked Questions
Conducting a functional capacity or assistive technology assessment is a straightforward process. The occupational therapist will assess your needs and abilities, before drafting a plan to modify your home or prescribe assistive technology accordingly. Ability Action Australia’s occupational therapists work with you and your family to ensure they are installed correctly and safely.
When choosing home modifications NDIS providers like Ability Action Australia carry out a functional capacity assessment. These assessments include evaluating your physical abilities, mobility challenges and the layout of your home to identify which modifications are suitable for you.
The length of time taken to carry out home modifications varies depending on the extent of the changes taking place. However, most home modifications are completed within a few weeks, extending to a few months for instances where complicated modifications are needed.
NDIS Occupational Therapy
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 has the capability to provide Occupational Therapy Australia wide.