Occupational therapists work with people who have limited ability to do everyday activities.
Their services include:
- functional assessment of everyday activities such as showering and dressing
- cognitive assessments (standardised) to assess current cognitive status and potential safety implications
- rehabilitation in the home or for people returning to work
- equipment assessments for short- or long-term needs
- home visits to assess safety
- community assessments and interventions, such as the provision of equipment or an application to Enable New Zealand for housing modifications.
People will be referred to occupational therapy services if they:
- experience a deterioration in functional ability, due to hospital admission or a recent event
- demonstrate cognitive impairment that affects their ability to function or be safe at home
- live alone with limited social support
- require environmental checks or home visits to assess safety
- require equipment on discharge, needing long term funding.