What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Occupational Therapists are health professionals trained in medical and behavioural sciences including neurology, anatomy, sociology and psychology. The goal of an occupational therapist is to enable people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate, or modify the environment to better support participation (World Federation of Occupational Therapy).

Living Strength Occupational Therapy (previously Juel OT) has been providing occupational therapy services on the Central Coast and in Sydney since 2007. Our Occupational Therapists are passionate about helping you achieve maximum independence with your daily tasks in your home environment, community and / or facility. Services provided by Living Strength are done in the convenience and comfort of your own home or facility at a time that suits you.
Our Occupational Therapists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Occupational Therapy Australia (OTAUS) and Medicare. All our therapists are friendly, outgoing and deliver a warm, professional service to meet individual needs.

Why Should I See An Occupational Therapist?

Occupational therapists see people with a variety of medical conditions, impacting their ability to manage their everyday tasks. Functional activities form part of everyday life such as family member, home-maker, employee or when you are taking part in leisure activities.

Maintaining good health is a vital key to ongoing independent living. At Living Strength OT we provide individualised service that enable you to maintain and improve your functional capacity so you can enjoy a fulfilling and enjoyable later life. We know from the success we have had so far, that your desire and effort combined with our experience and skill will yield a positive outcome.

Our occupational therapists carry out assessments and rehabilitation that focus on functional activities such as:

  • Washing and dressing
  • Transfers on/off furniture (e.g toilet, chair and bed)
  • Kitchen activities (e.g. meal/hot drink preparation)
  • Feeding assessments (use of different styles of cutlery)
  • Mobility while carrying out functional activities
  • Social engagement at home and in the community setting
  • Problem solving and memory tasks

Therapeutic activities

Therapeutic activities can help improve your functional ability to complete everyday tasks. Occupational therapists use therapeutic activities such as puzzles, games and group activities to help with the following:

  • Movement
  • Co-ordination
  • Strength
  • Sensation
  • Writing skills
  • Fine finger movements
  • Cognition
  • Perception

Wheelchair assessment

Our occupational therapist will, if necessary, assess you for a wheelchair, specialist seating and pressure relief cushions. She will make sure that you and your family are trained in how to use the wheelchair safely, and check to see if you need any accessories to help you to sit on your own or to control the wheelchair.

Equipment

Our occupational therapist may assess you for equipment to help improve your ability to undertake tasks important to you. Equipment can also be recommended to enable you to stay safe at home and to help you to be independent in some or all functional activities.

Modifications

If appropriate, our occupational therapist may also recommend and organise modifications or adaptations to your home environment that may aid your independence.

Government funding applications

At living Strength OT we are familiar with writing applications to Enable, Department of Housing, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and other government funded sources to achieve funding for equipment and modifications.

Conditions Treated

The occupational therapists at Living Strength OT work hard to ensure your quality of life is maintained, despite any physical or cognitive weaknesses. We undertake a variety of therapy options to ensure your quality of life is at the level you want it to be.
We frequently assist people living with:

  • General ageing and frailty
  • Syncope
  • Arthritis & osteoporosis
  • Falls history
  • Memory problems and dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Reduced mobility and gait disorder
  • Depression & social isolation
  • Incontinence
  • Respiratory disease (chronic asthma, emphysema, COPD)
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Palliative needs and end of life management
  • Co-morbidities

What To Expect If I See An Occuptional Therapist

When you make contact with Living Strength OT, our lovely administration team will ask you a few questions to ensure the most suitable occupational therapist is assigned to you and that we are able to assist you effectively. After scheduling an appointment, our occupational therapist will visit you at home to undertake an assessment and make recommendations, according to your needs. This usually takes about one hour. Several visits may be necessary to resolve all issues and to finalise any modifications and/or therapy interventions.
We have a variety of packages as well as hourly services available. Please contact us for details to determine the best option for you.