When to get home help

The effects of aging, illness or disability can impact our ability to perform the normal activities of daily life.

Most people would like to live independently and stay in their homes as they age, but there are daily tasks that they might need help with.

Home visits from occupational therapists and physiotherapists can help those who are struggling with these tasks to help them live more comfortably and safely.

Practice Principal and physiotherapist Anthony Imms says Maximum Independence Occupational Therapy teaches techniques to assist in regaining maximal independence in completing activities of daily living and self-care tasks.

“We assess your ability to complete activities such as dressing, grooming, hygiene, eating, community access and household management,” says Mr Imms.

“Following the assessment, we recommend strategies, adaptive equipment or home modifications to enable you to be as independent and safe as possible when completing these activities of daily living and self-care tasks.”

A home assessment may be required in order to identify any environmental hazards that may impact on your mobility or safety at home.

Physiotherapy can assist with your mobility and balance if this has declined, particularly if you have had a previous fall or have become deconditioned following an illness or hospitalisation.

If you are unable to attend a physiotherapy practice due to your condition or social situation, physiotherapists can also help by visiting your home.

They can also help with:
• Falls risk assessment and prevention
• Post-operative rehabilitation
• Deconditioning following hospital admission
• Prescription of walking aids and equipment
• All musculo-skeletal conditions
• Stroke and other neurological condition rehabilitation
• Cardio-pulmonary conditions
• Advice for carers for management of the aged and those with disabilities
• Chronic disease management
• Womens’ health conditions

Rebates are available with ancillary cover on health insurance policies. Department of Veteran Affairs referrals are accepted from a medical practitioner or from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist in the hospital.

For more information about Maximum Independence Occupational Therapy, phone 9329 9011 or email info@maximumindependence.com.au.

For more information about HomeCare Physiotherapy, phone 9310 1017 or email homecare@lifecare.com.au.

Unsure if you need a home assessment?

A home assessment may be required in order to identify any environmental hazards that may impact on your mobility or safety at home.

Tick the following that apply to you:

You have fallen, or nearly fallen, in the last 12 months
You have two or more steps in, or around your home
You have a shower over bath or a big step into your shower
You are sometimes unsteady in the shower
You have a low/soft lounge chair, or have difficulty getting up off the toilet seat
You are unsteady when getting out of bed
You have difficulty with mobility (shuffling gait, use of walking frame or walking stick etc)
You have difficulty with judging depths/distances or seeing contrasts

If you have ticked two or more of the boxes above, it is recommended that you consider a Maximum Independence Occupational Therapist complete an assessment of you and your home environment.

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