Equipment At Home
Occupational Therapists provide the expertise to select and trial the most appropriate aids and equipment in order to assist clients to reach their full potential at home and in the community.
During initial assessment, Occupational Therapists will evaluate client’s functional needs and discuss most suitable equipment that will facilitate client’s safety and independence within the home. Occupational Therapists will liaise with equipment providers to set up equipment at client’s home to trial with clients and carers, such as wheelchairs, recliners and pressure relieving mattresses. Trialing equipment is an important process. Trial of equipment will be short term only and is essential to identify best equipment for client’s functional needs and requirement. Occupational Therapists also provide installation, education and training in the use of the aids and equipment to assist the clients and their carers to complete everyday activities safely and as independent as possible. There is not a one size fits all approach in equipment prescription, which can result in disappointment, waste of time and money, and may potentially cause injury or accidents.
There are various types of specialized aids and equipment designed to assist clients and their carer’s to perform everyday activities, including:
1. Small aids for everyday life: adaptive cutlery, long handled washing and dressing aids, and toileting aid
2. Mobility and transfer aids: walking belt, manual wheelchair, electric wheelchair, motorized scooter, hoists
3. Bathroom equipment: shower chair, over toilet seat, bath board, mobile shower commode and transfer bench
4. Pressure care and positioning: pressure relieving mattress and cushion, height-adjustable bed, specialized seating system, and electric recliner
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