Covid-19 Routine

COVID-19 Routine Jacintha Bell(Principal Occupational Therapist).11th May, 2020.https://lifeworksot.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Covid19_routine.mp4#t=-4Jacintha provides some hints and tips about establishing a new routine. | Quick Links Book Appointment Refer a client Contact us Other topics: Occupational Therapy and Virtual Reality. Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Care. 5 Steps to Success: How to maximise my Scrambler Therapy outcomes? Scrambler Therapy Session: the breakdown. Will Scrambler Therapy cure my pain? What is Scrambler Therapy? What is the first step in recovering from chronic pain? Being mindful in the face of uncertainty.

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Why is routine helpful in chronic pain management?

Why is routine helpful in chronic pain management? Written by Jacqui Self(Senior Occupational Therapist).15th April, 2020.The current pandemic crisis has highlighted to all of us the importance of maintaining or adapting life’s routines, and the messages we are receiving from all fronts to maintain our overall health and wellbeing is to ensure we have a“ROUTINE” that includes regular sleep patterns, regular meal times, regular exercise and strict work hours (when working from home) and not forgetting the importance of social contact via the many technology platforms we have available to us.Routines provide an…

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NDIS OT Functional Assessment – What Does This Involve?

NDIS OT Functional Assessment – What Does This Involve? Written by Elyse Graham(Senior Occupational Therapist).31st March, 2020.If you have been accepted into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and/or have recently been provided with a new NDIS plan, chances are it may include funding for an “Occupational Therapy Functional Assessment”. So, what does this involve?Essentially, an OT functional assessment focuses on what your goals/hopes are for your future then seeks to identify how you are managing day to day at present and what challenges/gaps need to be addressed in order for you…

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Being mindful in the face of uncertainty

Being mindful in the face of uncertainty. Written by Heidi Perera(Senior Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020.In the face of uncertainty, all we have is the present.Mindfulness is something that most of us have probably heard about by now. It has become more mainstream over recent years, but it’s actually an ancient Buddhist tradition which dates back thousands of years (it doesn’t conflict with any religious beliefs or traditions youmay currently hold).Put simply, mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” (Jon-Kabat Zinn,…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lifeworks OT is doing to protect you.

The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lifeworks OT is doing to protect you. These are uncertain times with the current Corona virus infection. No one really knows how it will all unfold yet. While we are not panicking, it is sensible for us to take some action to protect all our clients and staff. At Lifeworks Occupational Therapy 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…

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Occupational Therapy and Virtual Reality

Occupational Therapy and Virtual Reality Written by Ian Cheok (Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020. While it can be challenging to see the trials and tribulations of people with complex chronic health issues, hearing their pain recovery stories can be very rewarding. The patient’s road to recovery is often long and arduous, as most people have to juggle appointments, managethe uncertainties of treatment outcomes, and endure the symptoms of their conditions. This leaves little room for personal expression and growth. As occupational therapists, we see health as not just the absence of illness…

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Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Care

Occupational Therapy in Chronic Pain Care Written by by Ian Cheok (Occupational Therapist).18th February, 2020. If you suffer from persistent pain, you are enduring more than your fair share of obstacles. In addition to continual discomfort, they may also confront a lot of frustration.  Persistent pain takes a major toll on your ability to do the things that are important to you daily, such as cooking a meal, having a shower, looking after your family, going to work and going out with your friends. Left unaddressed, it can…

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5 Steps to Success: How to maximise my Scrambler Therapy outcomes?

5 Steps to Success: How to maximise my Scrambler Therapy outcomes? Written by Rebecca Chalupsky on Scrambler Therapy.14th January, 2020.ClothingCome prepared with clothing that allows easy access to place electrodes. Loose-fitting and elasticated clothing are recommended. Depending on the location of your pain, bringing a robe or draping towel may be the easiest option for you.Activity TrackingIt is important that you create a diary of the activities you engage in between Scrambler Therapy sessions. You are not required to change your activity levels during Scrambler Therapy but having…

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Scrambler Therapy Session: the breakdown

Scrambler Therapy Session: the breakdown. Written by Rebecca Chalupsky on Scrambler Therapy.14th January, 2020. By this stage, if you have been following my blog posts, you may be asking yourself: “So what does a Scrambler therapy session actually involve – what happens during the treatment?” First things first, as a disclaimer, your therapist will ask you many questions about your pain. We apologize. We know you have probably spent much time and effort learning to keep thoughts of your pain away from your attention. However, your therapist needs…

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Will Scrambler Therapy Cure my Pain?

Will Scrambler Therapy cure my pain? Written by Rebecca Chalupsky on Scrambler Therapy.17th January, 2020. Pain is complex and fascinating. It is there for our protection and survival. However, when pain persists and no longer acts to protect but limit your movement and everyday activities, it really becomes a pain! If you are reading this, you probably know exactly what I mean. Pain can make us suffer both physically and emotionally. You are probably seeking a cure.  What kind of pain does Scrambler Therapy work for?If your doctor…

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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