Occupational Therapy

NDIS AT (Assistive Technology/Equipment) Assessment

If you’re eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (WA NDIS or NDIS) talk to us today about our occupational therapy in WA. Through the NDIS you can access ‘Specialist and Targeted Therapy Services’ to assist you to achieve your goals. Our occupational therapists in Perth and other areas of WA can undertake an assistive technology (AT) assessment at your preferred location, provide access to our hire service so you can trial equipment prior to purchasing it, prescribe equipment and provide follow up training and support. At ILC, we’re experienced in completing AT funding applications within the NDIS and have up-to-date knowledge of innovations in equipment and technology. We can help with both simple and complex aids, including smart home technology, vehicle modifications and home modifications.

Safe at Home

Older woman using a walker exiting her front door which has a rubber threshold ramp for ease of entry and exitingFor your convenience, our occupational therapists can come straight to you. We’ll visit you at home to complete an assessment which will involve looking at your daily tasks and home environment. We’ll then recommend and prescribe aids, equipment, technology or home modifications including seating, wheelchairs, scooters, personal alarms, rails and ramps. Our occupational therapists in Perth and other areas of WA can also set up your equipment and train you and your carers in their use to ensure it can be safely operated, maintained and used to its maximum potential. Our OT home visit in Perth is a personalised service that aims to allow you to live safely in your home.

Independent at Home

Young man with disability in a kitchen with an OT learning to use a cutting board with knife attached for ease of useOur occupational therapists work with people of all ages who have a goal to increase their independence including those undertaking rehabilitation after an injury or illness, people with disabilities and individuals seeking to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Some tasks you may want assistance with include, but are not limited to, cooking your own meal, connecting with others via the phone or internet, bathing, dressing, cleaning and gardening. Assistive equipment and technology is often an important component for overcoming barriers to achieving independence. Our occupational therapists can provide an assessment in your home and follow up with equipment recommendations and associated occupational therapy to help you to reach your goals.

Home Modifications

Square image HM existing bathroomIt can be a big project to modify your home to make it more accessible for you and/or your family members. Thankfully, our occupational therapists in Perth and other areas of WA have specialised training in home modifications to help you with this process. Some of these services include an assessment of your needs and current home, researching possible equipment and modification options, sourcing contractors, liaising with builders and tradespeople and supporting you to successfully manage your home modifications through to their completion.

Technology Prescription and Training – For Home, Work or School

ILC OT seated beside a man with disabilty while she shows him an ipadWith access to a wide range of alternative access technology, our team with specialist technology skills can support you to choose and learn to use technology at home, school or work. This package includes assessment for technology, trial, recommendations and reporting (if required). We will take care of the process to apply for funding too and link you in with eligible funding sources. Once your technology arrives we will support you to set it up, program it for your personal preferences and provide training to you and your support people to ensure the technology is used to its full potential. We can even help with troubleshooting and updating your technology down the track. Examples include setting up your tablet or smartphone and recommending suitable apps; designing your work station with an accessible keyboard, mouse and software; providing software to assist you to read or write; training education staff to support you to use your technology; mounting eye gaze computer access; or recommending eBook readers to make turning pages easier so you can continue to read your favourite books.

Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment

 Young man with disability seated in his car with an OT seated beside him before taking of for his assessmentOur Occupational Therapy Driver Assessment Service provides comprehensive assessment and rehabilitation services for people with disabilities or medical conditions. The assessments, which are conducted by a registered driver trained occupational therapist in a supportive environment, aim to ensure that you are safe and able to drive. Rehabilitation lessons, where appropriate, are supervised by the assessing therapist and implemented by a rehabilitation specialised driving instructor.

Assessments may be conducted for fitness to drive, first time drivers, experienced drivers with acquired medical conditions or disabilities, work related driving and commercial vehicle drivers. This package includes an initial assessment, on road assessment, follow up report with recommendations and referral for lessons if suitable.

Paediatric Equipment Assessment

ILC OT seated beside a young girl with disability and using an communication deviceThe equipment display at our Nedlands head office has the largest range of equipment for children in Western Australia. Our team of occupational therapists support families in a holistic way, working together to understand the needs of your child as well as your whole family. Packages are available to determine equipment needs at home, school or for recreation activities to maximise your child’s inclusion, learning and participation. We can provide a multidisciplinary assistive technology assessment and trial, a report to support your funding application and set up, training and associated therapy to achieve positive outcomes for your child with their new equipment.

Therapy and Technology Services in Schools – Assistive Technology Helping Students Access the Curriculum

Two young boys, one older than the other seated side by side and using communication devicesOur speech pathologists and occupational therapists in Perth are able to assess, implement and support technology in your school to help students to participate, learn and communicate to the best of their ability. We will determine the most suitable communication and assistive technology options for your classrooms and students and ensure staff are skilled and confident to use the technology. Our team aims to understand your current priorities, resources and skills to build a tailored training and support package to meet your school’s needs. Our team can offer individual, classroom or whole school consultation and professional development in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), for example communication methods and devices for students with complex communication needs; assistive learning technology such as iPads, apps, literacy support technology such as screen reading and word predication software. By combining our customised training and in classroom support, your school can be assured that professional learning will lead to improved student outcomes. Contact us to arrange a free initial consultation.