How can OT help?
- changing the way you’re doing things
- activity scheduling
- modifying the environment; or
- giving you assistive devices to help you complete tasks e.g. jar opener.
For people with hypermobility conditions, there can be additional challenges including:
managing joint dislocations or subluxations
learning to manage fatigue
needing tips for sleeping
finding ways to engage in pleasurable activities
not wanting to leave the house for fear of pain or injury
managing medication side effects
knowing where to shop for friendly shoes
understanding the benefits of exercise
finding appropriate braces and splints
finding therapists who can help
What does an OT Assessment cover?
From brushing your teeth, showering and washing your hair, to drying yourself & toileting, personal care involves all the things you would normally do more privately.
Putting on and taking off clothing, putting on socks and shoes, doing up buttons, zippers and clasps. These all fall into the realm of dressing in an occupational therapy assessment.
MEAL PREP & EATING
From preparing food and cooking meals, to eating, taking care of dishes and safety in the kitchen. Meal prep and eating are a big part of our lives and therefore a big part of an occupational therapy assessment.
Assessing how you function in your place of employment is also part of an occupational therapy assessment.
Being able to move around our environment is extremely important to our ability to participate in activities of daily living, which is why this is an important part of our assessment process.
Leisure activities and hobbies are an important part of a balanced life. We include this in our assessment because of the importance of being able to pursue pleasurable activities.
Being able to socialise is a big part of what makes us human. An occupational therapy assessment will look at your social needs & goals.
EMOTIONAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Living with a chronic condition can have a huge impact on mental health. We briefly assess mental health status, needs and goals as part of our assessment.
Why see Michelle O’Sullivan vs. another OT?
referral to other therapists to see for ongoing therapy
providing education & resources, and
linking you in with peer support (where possible)
- follow up sessions