Like many allied health professions, Occupational Therapy is a specialist area often misunderstood. But for those directed to a practitioner, it’s application and benefit, can be life-changing. So, what is Occupational Therapy?
“Occupation” is anything you do that occupies your time, such as cooking, sport, sleeping, work or having a shower.
Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.
Occupational Therapists (OT’s) identify a person’s abilities and limitations and the issues that prevent that person from fully participating in their chosen activities of life. They can then help their clients to participate fully through the development of skills or modification of the environment.
Bromilow’s Occupational Therapy services include:
- Advice and education about aids and equipment, including wheelchairs and wheelie walkers
- Falls prevention advice
- Assistance to re-engage in meaningful leisure activities
- Home safety assessments
- Community access
- Therapeutic group exercises and in home programs.
What’s a Home Safety Assessment?
An occupational therapist will come to your home and address any issues that you may be having in completing your day-to-day activities safely and independently. Recommendations from this visit may include rail installation, step or ramp modifications, major or minor bathroom modifications or equipment prescription.
Our occupational therapist will assist you in recommending and sourcing the most appropriate type of equipment to meet your needs, to promote independence and reduce the risk of falls.
An occupational therapist can provide support and solutions for: Bathroom modifications including improved shower access, installation of accessible fittings, slip resistant/safety flooring and redesign of bathroom layout to accommodate use of equipment.
Hayley recently joined the Bromilow team as Occupational Therapist, after graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Whilst studying Hayley has gained clinical experience within an inpatient rehabilitation unit, emergency medicine and worked with the elderly within an aged care setting. Hayley has a passion for assisting individuals in increasing their safety and independence within both their home and community environments and ultimately, enabling individuals the opportunity to experience a greater quality of life.
Hayley is also an active mum of 3 children, spending her weekends attending sports and enjoying the beach.2