Functional assessment and reports

Functional Assessments are a core skill for occupational therapists. A functional assessment is an assessment of your ability to perform the tasks and activities that are important to you in your everyday life. We assess the barriers to you being able to perform these tasks, and what might enable you to be able to perform these tasks more independently. Everyday tasks include things such as showering, dressing, cooking, eating, driving, talking on the telephone and many more. It often involves a minimum of 3 hours of assessment time, as well as 1 hour to complete a formal written report. A thorough functional assessment may take more than 10 hours to complete. The assessment may include discussion, pen and paper activities and observation, and are often conducted in your home and community. If you have a health condition or disability and are applying for the Disability Support Pension through Centrelink, or for funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), an occupational therapy functional report can assist your application by highlighting the functional impact of your health condition. At Lifeworks Occupational Therapy, we tailor these reports specifically depending on the organisation you are applying to, as each organisation requires slightly different information. Functional assessments are valuable to conduct at the commencement of treatment, to help establish a baseline of you function, and to guide goal setting and treatment planning. If you are a participant in the NDIS, an occupational therapy functional assessment can often be a core aspect of your initial plan.
For further information on Functional Assessments and Reports please call our friendly support team on 0451 178 880.

COVID-19 Update

We hope you are safe and well, and coping with all the changes to our lives that have occurred due to COVID-19.  We would like to let you know that we are here to support you, and are continuing to provide occupational therapy services. We have temporarily ceased any clinic-based consultations in order to reduce any risk to our clients and our staff. All of our staff are now currently working from home.  Our preference is to provide OT services as much as possible via telehealth.  This means either telephone or online consultations.  This is the best way to still provide services and remove any risk of infection.  We understand however, that for some of our clients, this is neither suitable or possible. Where telehealth is not appropriate, and an occupational therapy service is essential, we are continuing to see clients in their homes or in the community. We do this with all the physical distancing and hygiene precautions in place.
We will contact you prior to your appointment to see if it is possible for us to provide your service via telehealth. If it is not possible and we are planning to come to your home, please let us know if you or anyone in your household are unwell with any symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough or sore throat.
We care very much about our clients and staff and we would like to reassure you that we are doing our best to keep surfaces and our hands clean and will maintain a safe physical distance during home visits.  This means we will not shake hands when we greet you, and will only use direct hands on contact when essential.

If you are well and we come to see you at home or in the community, please:

  • Maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance where possible.
  • Wash or sanitise your hands before and after appointments where possible.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, please use a tissue and dispose of it or cover your mouth and nose with your elbow.
  • Refrain from having additional family members/carers with you if possible as the less people in contact with everyone the better.
We know that at this time some of our clients may be finding it particularly difficult with increased isolation, anxiety or a reduction in their usual supports and services.  We would like you to know that if this applies to you, please reach out to us to ask for help, and we will try our best to help you access the support you need.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding of the above. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Best Wishes
The Lifeworks Occupational Therapy Team