What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) is an allied health clinician who focuses on what a person wants to do, needs to do or has to do.
‘Occupations’ are any activities that a person does for example:
- managing finances
- looking after dependents
- leisure activities
Chronic physical and mental health conditions as well as disability, can make participation and performance in occupations very difficult. An OT will help you to break down the barriers by problem solving with you.
How can it help me?
- Increase engagement in daily activities
- Learn how to simplify and adapt tasks
- Develop joint protection strategies
- Enhance energy conservation strategies and manage fatigue
- Environment and home modifications to support independence and safety
- Improve coping mechanisms for managing symptoms of arthritis
Lauren, our OT, will work with you to help you overcome barriers that impact your daily living – she can help improve function, modify your home and recommend assisting technology to make your life easier.
Her service will also include:
- Assessment of your capability to function in your daily life
- Advice on modifying your home equipment and environment
- Education on managing pain, sleep, joint protection and hand function
As the world adjusts to the ‘new normal’, we like other healthcare providers are turning to technology. Now anyone in NSW, whether it’s those living in rural or regional areas, a city or country town, can get a telehealth consultation. All that’s needed is a telephone or a computer with internet access. We know nothing beats being able to connect face-to-face, however telehealth is the next best thing, is easy to access and ensures that you are still able to receive assistance when you need it.
What Occupational Therapy can be implemented via Telehealth
- Education on disease management
- Problem solving strategies
- Motivational interviewing
- Recommendations for low risk/low-cost assistive technology
- Sleep hygiene
- Basic upper limb therapy
- Providing resources and evidence-based guidelines
What we can offer when lockdown restrictions no longer apply
- Standardised assessments
- Mobility assessments
- Home environment assessments
- Home modifications
- Medium to high-risk equipment (such as braces, wheelchairs)
- Upper limb therapy
Available: Tuesdays only
Locations Covered: Sydney areas including Canada Bay, Inner West, North Shore, Ryde, Lane Cove, Willoughby & surrounding suburbs. NB: If you live outside our service area, please contact us as there may still be opportunities to assist or make special arrangements.
Lauren Beahan – Your Occupational Therapist
Lauren completed a Master of Occupational Therapy (OT) at the University of Sydney, 2016. She runs her own practice specialising in rehabilitation in the home for persons with disabilities, aged or other chronic conditions. Her strengths are in helping people overcome barriers to participation in daily living activities by empowering the individual, modifying the environment and using evidence-based interventions. Prior to her work in hospital and community work, Lauren was a PDHPE teacher for 7 years. She has a keen interest in optimising quality of life outcomes and promotes healthy lifestyle habits.
Specialties: rehabilitation, upper limb therapy, sleep hygiene, problem solving
Get a free consultation
To learn more or to have us contact you for a FREE consultation, please complete the short questionnaire below and Lauren will then be in touch. You can also call us on 02 9857 3300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.