Access Therapy aims to provide people with the assistive technology solutions that meet their individual needs. Many of our clients have benefited from the supply of both simple and complex devices to support independence and maximise participation in their everyday lives.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology, also known as equipment or aids assist people with a disability to complete tasks they could not otherwise complete. It may increase the ease of which you complete the task, maximise your safety when participating in an activity or assist those supporting you.
Assistive technology can be a simple as a kettle tipper to reduce the weight you need to lift when making a cup of tea or more complicated such as a hoist and sling to support assisted transfers from bed to wheelchair.
Assistive technology facilitates independence, maximises participation, and supports safety. These devices are specific to you, what you want to do, and suitable to the environment you’re in, whether you’re at home, school, work, or out in the community.
Assistive technology, also known as equipment and aids, are the devices and technologies that a person with a disability can use to complete everyday tasks. Assistive technology should facilitate independence, maximize participation and support safety. These devices are specific to you, what you want to do and your environment (home, school, work, the community).
Assistive technology is very individual and thorough assessment of your function, understanding your goals and your areas of need help your occupational therapist determine which devices are the most appropriate for you. Your occupational therapist can support you to trial and obtain assistive technology equipment and liaise with the NDIS to achieve the desired outcome.
What Assistive Technology Can Do
Understanding your function and areas where you would like to increase participation ensures that we can provide trials of appropriate assistive technology that will support you or those supporting you. Assistive technology is individual and what works for one person does not always work for everyone. Though our assessment process we gain a thorough understanding of your function, goals, and the areas where assistive technology may be appropriate. Our occupational therapists will make suggestions, provide you with information and organise a trial of recommended devices most appropriate for you.
Access Therapy understands how new this approach is for most clients. That is why our dedicated occupational therapist supports you during the trial phase as you obtain assistive technology equipment and liaise with the NDIS to achieve the desired outcome.
This solution can be as simple as a long-handled sponge or as complex as specialised pressure care equipment like a special mattress to reduce your risk of developing a pressure injury.
Assistive devices and technologies are for those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to facilitate participation and to enhance overall well-being. They can also help prevent impairments and secondary health conditions.
Knowing The Right Fit
All assistive technology recommended is unique to each person’s individual needs.
Access Therapy conducts a series of assessments and trials to check which option is the right fit for you. After our evaluation, we then create a report to request for the needed funding, if required. Once delivered, our occupational therapists will be involved in every step — from adjustments to training with you and if necessary, those supporting you.