Unlock Your Potential with NDIS Occupational Therapy Services

Unlock Your Potential with NDIS Occupational Therapy Services

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Finding the right NDIS occupational therapy services can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. No doubt trying to figure out what’s the best NDIS OT service provider for your goals can be overwhelming. We’ve seen this first hand over the years with our NDIS OT programs.

If you or a loved one is living with a neurological condition like Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, MS or Acquired Brain Injury and feeling frustrated by the NDIS process, you’re not alone.

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    At Occupational Therapy Brisbane, we specialise in NDIS occupational therapy services that empower adults to achieve their goals and live their best life

    Our team of experienced therapists understands the unique challenges that come with living with a neurological condition and we’re here to help you achieve your NDIS goals and unlock your full potential.

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    NDIS occupational and therapy: How can it benefit you? 

    Occupational therapy is a specialised field of healthcare that focuses on helping individuals maintain their highest possible level of independence and optimise their functional abilities. It’s an evidence-based practice that has a growing body of research to support its benefits.

    • NDIS Occupational Therapy (OT) is a specialised health professional who offer therapy that helps adults living with neurological conditions achieve their goals, improve their quality of life and overcome the impact of their disability.
    • OTs can help with a wide range of issues that impact your ability to walk and move independently about your home or community as well as do those activities which are important and meaningful to you. For example, if you have Parkinson’s Disease, an OT can help you with fine motor skills, handwriting and balance as well as address the thinking and memory challenges that affect your ability to daily tasks such as work, cook, shop etc.
    • Our therapy services are tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. We’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your challenges and helps you achieve your NDIS goals.

    OTs use their clinical skills to create your personalised program of services that help you protect, maintain or regain the skills you need to function independently and at your best.

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    What are the problems that OTS commonly help with

    Occupational Therapists can help people living with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, MS or Acquired Brain Injuries like stroke, trauma or after surgery.

    There’s commonly a few challenges which are consistently present in people’s lives that an OT can help with:

    • Movement changes
    • Cognitive decline: Where thinking and memory changes impact your cognitive skills such as focus and attention, memory and planning for example
    • Balance difficulties
    • Pain management
    • Fatigue management
    • Vision and visual perception changes
    • Difficulties doing tasks at home, at work or in the community and need adaptive strategies or assistive technology to help
    • Poor home to person fit– sometimes it’s the home environment design that can make it hard to do the tasks that’s important for us
    • Difficulty with daily routines from bathing to cooking and exercising and sleeping
    • Personal lifestyle skills
    • Carer skills

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    What can you expect from an NDIS OT?

    When working with an NDIS Occupational Therapist, you can expect a customised, compassionate and results-driven approach.

    They will work with you to assess your abilities, set goals, and create a plan to help you improve your independence and quality of life. They are super committed to your functional outcomes.
    For example, if you are living with Parkinson’s disease, your therapist may work with you on exercises to improve your fine motor skills, as well as strategies to manage symptoms such as tremors.

    They may also provide support and resources for daily activities such as dressing, grooming and meal preparation. You can trust that your therapist will provide you with the clinical knowledge, skills and understanding to help you achieve your goals and live your best life.

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    What are the likely benefits of Occupational Therapy 

    With the help of an occupational therapist, you can learn new techniques and strategies to overcome the challenges of your condition and live a more fulfilling life. In short you can expect

    • An initial assessment is likely to include comprehensive neurological and functional assessment to understand your specific needs and goals
    • tailored treatment plan that addresses your challenges and focuses on your strengths
    • Regular progress evaluations and adjustments to the treatment plan as needed so that it’s supporting your everyday activity goals
    • Collaboration with other healthcare professionals to provide a holistic approach
    • Support to help you achieve your NDIS goals
    • Occupational therapy can help improve your quality of life by addressing the issues that affect your ability to perform daily activities
    • It can help improve your independence and ability to take care of yourself
    • It can also help you to achieve your NDIS goals
    • Tackle some your cognitive challenges
    • Improve your satisfaction in completing leisure activities that are important to you
    • Be problem orientated to the issue that are important to you and work with you to overcome them
    • Reduce your risk of injury such as having a safer home or the right specialised equipment.

    So, what can you expect during an OT assessment?

    Starting from understanding your specific situation and goals, the assessment process you can expect will commonly be inline with:

    1. An initial assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of your current abilities and limitations associated with daily living skills and how your condition symptoms impact your skills and abilities
    2. Identification of your specific needs and clarify what are your meaningful goals
    3. A treatment plan that addresses your challenges and helps overcome everyday life barriers. From assistive equipment, specialised equipment, home modifications to cognitive therapy there’s likely many aspects that can help. The key here is making it achievable and practical to your life and helps with your functional capacity.

    This can be a one off or occur over a few sessions. Typically, in our practice we see clients over 2 sessions at the initial assessment as there’s commonly a lot going on for folk.

    We want to make sure that we capture the key issues in a comprehensive manner before we start.

    We believe a good assessment is the basis of great treatment.

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    How to find the right NDIS OT for your goals?

    It’s no doubt challenging to find a therapist that meets your goals. We’ve heard from people contacting us that they are commonly looking for a therapist who “understands my condition”. We call this being a neurological informed therapist. 

    Our commitment here is to better understand the clinical background of neurological conditions so that you don’t need to educate us on the condition, instead our time is better spent on exploring what we can do to help you overcome its impact on your life.

    We appreciate we’re not for everyone so it’s helpful that you consider what and who you’re looking for.

    Are you looking for ndis  ot services like this?

    For us, we work really well with people who are committed to applying the therapy recommendation in their lives. Who are keen to learn, who are on a mission to overcome the impact of their neurological condition. We acknowledge that sometimes you need a team and support to make this happen. So, having a dedicated person in your life who can help is also a big bonus at times.

    Yep, it takes work and effort, we don’t shy away from this.

    But we’re here to help and support you with the right and timely advice that we can offer to the best of our abilities.

    5 key points to consider when looking for an NDIS OT

    If you’re looking for a good therapist match to your situation, here’s 5 points to consider when choosing an NDIS OT for you:

    1. Look for an OT with experience in treating neurological conditions specifically your condition
    2. Check that the OT is registered with AHPRA
    3. See if they are registered on OT Australia website
    4. Ask for information about their services relating to your specific needs and condition
    5. Schedule an initial consultation to ensure that you feel comfortable with the therapist

    The NDIS OT service you can access at OT Brisbane

    At Occupational Therapy Brisbane, we understand the unique challenges that come with living with a neurological condition.

    Our therapists are dedicated to providing services that empower adults living with neurological conditions to achieve their goals and live their best life.
    We understand the importance of finding the right therapist who can help you navigate the NDIS process and provide the clinical therapy and support you need.

    That’s why we offer a wide range of NDIS OT services, including comprehensive assessments, tailored treatment plans, regular progress evaluations, and support to help you achieve your NDIS goals.

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    NDIS and Occupational Therapy Brisbane here’s how we can help

    Don’t let a neurological condition hold you back any longer.
    Contact us today at 1300 783 200 to schedule your assessment and start unlocking your full potential. Our team of experienced therapists is here to help you navigate the NDIS process and provide the specialised support and advice you need to achieve your goals.

    It’s time to take control of your life and live it to the fullest.

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