Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy supports people of all abilities to engage in activities (i.e. their occupations) they find meaningful, including leisure, self-care and productivity” (OT Australia). Occupational therapists achieve this by teaching new skills, or modifying the environment to maximise engagement and participation.

Lifeworks Occupational Therapy is a rehabilitation and recovery service for people with chronic and/or complex conditions. We are dedicated to helping people with chronic/complex conditions do the things that are important to them, and achieve a better quality of life.

Occupational Therapists look at what a person wants to do, or needs to do, and helps them to achieve this. It could be anything from getting dressed, to playing sport, sleeping well, going to work, or cooking meals. We focus on the activities that are most important to the person.

Our occupational therapists evaluate the impact of a health condition on a person’s daily activity and quality of life. They identify factors that impact on function in a variety of areas, including sensory, motor, cognitive, environmental, social and emotional. They then help to develop new skills and use practical strategies to:

  • improve function
  • better manage symptoms
  • Increase independence
  • achieve goals
  • improve quality of life

We involve our clients in every aspect of treatment. We work with individuals to identify goals and develop a treatment plan that will best meet their needs.

A person may be suitable for LifeWorks Occupational Therapy services if they experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty functioning within their work, home, social or recreational environments
  • Lack of motivation in managing their self-care, or doing their usual daily activities
  • Difficulty coping at work or home
  • Poor sleep
  • Chronic pain
  • Withdrawal from friends and family or preferring to be alone
  • Disorganisation
  • Loss of role (e.g. worker, partner, caregiver)
  • Feelings of failure, inadequacy or loneliness
  • Increased use of substances to cope (e.g. alcohol)
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Lack of meaning or purpose in life
  • Lack of self-confidence or poor self esteem
  • Struggling with relationships
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Unemployment or difficulty finding work
  • Struggling to negotiate the health care or welfare systems
  • Considering neuromodulation implant treatment

Why Home Visiting?

Occupational Therapists understand that your environment has a significant impact on your ability to perform tasks. Life skills can’t always be fully developed away from the places in which we live and the situations we experience in our home, our workplace and our community.
At times, modifying your home or work environment will be a part of the treatment process. With this is mind, it is important to include these environments during all aspects of treatment, including during the initial assessment and during any subsequent interventions and therapies.Home visiting also makes it very easy for you to attend appointments and allows therapies to be delivered in a space where you feel … at home.Clinic rooms, work-sites, schools, and other community-based venues may also be used where appropriate.

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