Occupational Therapy focuses on enabling people to participate in activities of everyday life. Daily activities include self-care tasks, household duties, community involvement, work or study and leisure pursuits. Occupational Therapy looks at people’s ability to complete these activities within the home environment and in the community safely and as independently as possible.
The Occupational Therapy service at South Gippsland Hospital works with people aged 65+ that have a disability or illness that has impacted upon their ability to complete daily tasks at home or in the community.
Occupational Therapists can work with people in the hospital or conduct an assessment at their home. Occupational Therapists can assist with the following:
- Assessing your safety with daily tasks in the home (home assessment)
- Providing advice and education about preventing falls in the home and community
- Organising rail installation in your bathroom or steps into your home
- Assisting with bathroom modifications or ramp modifications at your home
- Providing advice about equipment that may increase your safety and independence with daily tasks within the home
For health professionals
Occupational Therapy can conduct the following interventions within the home and community:
- Occupational Therapy home assessment
- Home modifications (eg. Rail installation, bathroom, ramps)
- Facilitating in-home services (home help, shopping and transport assistance)
- Equipment prescription
- Personal care assessments
Occupational Therapy led group programmes:
- Breakfast group (Acute program)
- Falls prevention program (Community Program)
People can be referred to Occupational Therapy under HACC or be been within the acute hospital setting.
For further information or to make a referral, please contact the Community Health Centre between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday on 5683 9780.