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Are you considering an occupational therapy home assessment? Here’s how an OT Home Visit can help you. In this article we cover:

  • What is an occupational therapy home assessment (Hint: It’s more than a home environment check of mats and grab rails)
  • What happens on an initial occupational therapy home visit assessment and what can you expect?
  • What are common home based therapy services that people request of Occupational Therapy Brisbane?
  • Your OT home assessment checklist: Before your first visit, we cover what you can do get the most out of it
  • Common questions answered about an OT home assessment, like "Do I need a doctor’s referral?"

So, What Is An Occupational Therapy Home Assessment And How Can It Help Me?

(Video) Demonstration: Home Safety Assessment of the Kitchen - Krista Covell-Pierson | MedBridge

Yes, you would be right to think that anoccupational therapy home assessment was just about changes to your home, well partially right, it’s much more than that and here’s why.

Your therapist wants for you to be able live your life on your own terms without any barriers. At some point your ability to meet the “demands” of the home where challenged be it from an illness, disease, disability or injury.

An OT home assessment will

  • Measure your current strengths such as your movement, thinking, and perception skills as well as your sensation such as your awareness of touch and pain.
  • Observe your ability to perform everyday tasks about the home which are important to you
  • Identify the home environment factors which are part of these tasks
  • Make an assessment of match or mismatch of your personal skills to meet the task and the environment and
  • Finally, provide recommendations with the goal to improve your ability to do the tasks about your home. This may include home modifications and prescribing assistive tools and technology but also personal programs to improve your physical, mental, social and perception skills in order to be as independent as possible. Not only that we work with the care or core support team so that they can also provide safe and effective support.

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Is OT Home Assessment Services Effective?

What does the scientific evidence support?

According to theAAOTOccupational therapy practitionersare effective and important components of any home health agency’s patient care”

Furthermore, theRoyal College of OTalso reports on the established benefit of OT services at home.

But, what do people who use these home visit services report? Our vision for OT Home Visits is clear. We want for people to be the best they can be doing what is important for them.

That means, offering evidence backed, person centred services to bring out people’s strengths.

What Happens On An Initial Occupational Therapy Home Visit Assessment

This is your “first contact” with your occupational therapist. The therapist will come to your home with a plan to

  • Establish your goals, what you want to achieve, and really, what success means to you.
  • Commence or complete an assessment of you, your home and the key activities you’d like to do better. Sometimes the assessment process may occur over a few sessions. For example people living with cognitive changes, we’ll often complete an assessment over a number of sessions.
  • Lastly, outline a plan to achieve your goals.

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Your therapist will want you to have at hand

  • An up to date medical summary. Knowing what your medical background, current medications and surgery history can save a lot of time at this point.

We’d rather focus the initial assessment time on building a deep understanding of your daily life and how your life situation impacts your goals.

(Video) Occupational Therapy Home Assessment Simulation at ZIEL

What Are Common Home Based Occupational Therapy Services People Request

  • Occupational Therapy Home Assessment For Elderly

This service may be requested in response to recent hospitalisation. An outcome of an OT home visit for elderly clients will commonly include improving home accessibility, prevent falls and improve a person’s quality of life. Occasionally (and we’re excited when this happens) a person wants to “plan for the future” and consider their home options.Service may be engaged before or after hospital discharge

  • NDIS Occupational Therapy Home Assessment

We’ve written extensively on this and you can read more about it here:NDIS Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy Home Assessment for Neurological Conditions

We’ve committed our practice to serve people living with aneurological condition. The following links below describe in more detail our service focus:

  • Occupational Therapy For Dementia
  • Parkinson’s Disease Occupational Therapy
  • OT for Multiple Sclerosis
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • After Stroke Rehabilitation
  • TeleHealth: Virtual Occupational Therapy Home Visit

Web supportedteletherapyisn’t complicated. Using a web camera and microphone the teleconferencing tools we use means the therapist is “virtually” there in your home.

  • Helpful for people experiencing a neurological condition and living in rural and remote locations
  • For people who can’t access suitable health services due to COVID restrictions

Occupational Therapy Brisbane’s Home Visit Region

We offer mobile OT home assessment services across the Brisbane North to Redcliffe, Brisbane West to Kenmore, Brisbane South to Coorparoo and Bayside to Manly.

However, our telehealth OT home assessment services allows a “borderless” service should you need it. In fact we’ve supported people from Ipswich to China- yes, China!

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Before your first OT home visit we ask that you:

  • Have completed the welcome pack questionnaire. This helps use get to a clear understanding of your priorities and goals quickly. If you’ve not received yours yet, please call us at 1300 783 200
  • An up to date medical summary
  • Any previous OT assessments that you feel are relevant
  • Any support claim or insurance documentation such as the NDIS or WorkCover
(Video) Home Safety Evaluation by Occupational Therapy

On Road Driving AssessmentLastly, outline a plan to achIEve your goals

Do I need a medical referral to see an OT?

No you do not, however we strongly recommend an up to date medical summary. When you ask your GP for this it will be commonly provided in the format of a referral form.

Will there be an OT Home Assessment Report?

Yes, in most occasions of the home visit an OT report will be provided.

If home modifications are recommended, what do I do?

Home modifications may be minor or major in their scope of works. We’ve a detailed post which describes in details theOT home modifications process.

Article Sources

(Video) OT Demystified Part 2 Housing and Home Modification Assessments
  • The World Federation of Occupational Therapists has published a position statement on the use of telehealth to improve accessibility to occupational therapy (
  • Home Safety and Accessibility Assessments – AOTA(aota.org) –
  • Occupational Therapy Home Modification Assessment and Intervention(ajot.aota.org) –
  • Home Safety Self-Assessment Tool – Rehabilitation Science …(sphhp.buffalo.edu) – Falls are the leading cause of injury, disability, nursing home placement and death in adults over the age of 65 years. In the United States as in Australia, one in every three older adults falls each year.
  • Home Modifications and Occupational Therapy – AOTA(aota.org) –
  • Occupational Therapy Home Assessments: Supporting Community …(tandfonline.com) – (2002). Occupational Therapy Home Assessments. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 1-17.
  • Relationship between pre-discharge occupational therapy home …(pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) – Pre-discharge occupational therapy home assessments are sound post-discharge falls-prevention strategies in non-neurological patients. The decision to conduct a home assessment should consider diagnosis, falls risk and functional independence.
  • Home Evaluations – Home Modification Occupational Therapy …(hmota.net) – The occupational therapy home modification evaluation is to identify and make recommendations to alleviate barriers to safety and independence based on specific client/family needs and client diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Home Quick – Occupational Therapy Home Visits Using mHealth, to …(ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) – This article reports upon an initiative to improve the timeliness of occupational therapy home visits for discharge planning by implementing technology solutions while maintaining patient safety. A community hospital in Queensland, Australia article.
  • Dream Home Assessment(ps.columbia.edu) – The Dream Home Assessment is a performance-based measure of executive functioning in a non-routine, novel activity, which does not require reading.
  • Occupational Therapy: In-Home Assessment Program for Seniors(upmc.com) – As people age their need for help performing daily tasks may increase. Learn more about UPMC’s in-home care assessment program for seniors.
  • Predischarge occupational therapy home assessment visits …(onlinelibrary.wiley.com) – Background/aim: Predischarge home assessment visits are a commonly accepted, but little researched, aspect of occupational therapy practice. The aim of this research was to systematically investiga…
  • Occupational therapy services for adult neurological clients in Queensland and therapists’ use of telehealth to provide services:Home‐based assessment and intervention appear to be frequent components of occupational therapy practice among therapists working in neurological rehabilitation.AOTJ

FAQs

What is an OT home assessment? ›

An occupational therapist will visit you at your home. They'll ask you questions and walk around with you to see what you struggle with. You'll work out what you need together. Make sure you tell them everything you find difficult, even small things such as opening a cupboard. Assessments usually take at least an hour.

What does an OT assessment include? ›

Assessments can explore the following areas:

Developmental skills including motor and play development. Self-care and functional skills such as feeding, toileting and dressing. Fine motor skills in relation to handwriting and using a knife and fork. Gross motor skills in relation to riding a bike, sitting posture.

How long does an occupational therapy assessment take? ›

These assessments will normally last between 2-4 hours and includes discussions with parents, professionals e.g. school staff, therapists and social care and carers as part of the holistic process.

Can an occupational therapist help with housing? ›

An in-house occupational therapist can work with your development team to optimise interior design and build for mainstream accommodation to meet the requirements of tenants who have a range of complex needs and disabilities.

Why is home assessment important? ›

Health and safety at home is everything and carrying out a risk assessment when embarking on any project or activity at home is necessary. It not only gives one a glimpse of what is needed to make it a success but also how it should be done.

What do occupational therapist do for autism? ›

Occupational therapists evaluate the current developmental levels of children and adults with autism, aiming to improve their ability to self-regulate emotions and participate in social interactions. Through interventions, OTs can help people with autism build on their areas of strength and overcome their limitations.

What is a full OT assessment? ›

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 to make progress towards achieving these goals.

Can an occupational therapist diagnose autism? ›

Within the occupational therapy scope of practice, Occupational therapists cannot diagnose Autism. Please speak with your pediatrician if you believe your child has Autism or would like your child to be tested for Autism.

What can an OT diagnose? ›

OT can help kids and teens who have:
  • birth injuries or birth defects.
  • sensory processing disorders.
  • traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord.
  • learning problems.
  • autism.
  • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • mental health or behavioral problems.
  • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries.

What are the 3 steps to the occupational therapy process? ›

Process of OT

Intervention includes treatment planning, implementation, and review.

What do occupational therapists actually do? ›

Occupational therapy supports people whose health, environment or social circumstances make it difficult to take part in the activities that matter to them. An occupational therapist will work with you to identify strengths and difficulties you may have in everyday life.

What help can an occupational therapist give? ›

Occupational therapy can help you with practical tasks if you:
  • are physically disabled.
  • are recovering from an illness or operation.
  • have learning disabilities.
  • have mental health problems.
  • are getting older.

What are home adaptations? ›

Adaptations to your home are changes that can make it both safer and easier for you to move around the house and live independently for longer. Home adaptations such as a stairlift or grabrails can help elderly or disabled people to better manage life at home and avoid moving to a new house or go into a care home.

Can occupational therapists help with wound management? ›

Occupational therapy practitioners also are skilled in the prevention of wounds for people with various acute and chronic conditions such as spinal cord injuries, burns, lymphedema, cancer, diabetes, hand injuries, and other sensory and mobility impairments.

What is a risk assessment in the home? ›

Completing a risk assessment involves identifying the hazards relating to work activities carried out in the home environment and deciding whether appropriate steps (control measures) have been taken to prevent harm to them or to anyone else who may be affected by their work.

How does an occupational therapist help someone in a wheelchair? ›

Occupational therapists help people with disabilities to choose and use special equipment like wheelchairs and aids for mobility, eating, dressing or any other activity. They also help to adapt people's homes and workplaces to accommodate their individual needs.

What are the 5 types of autism? ›

There are five major types of autism which include Asperger's syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, Kanner's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified.

Why would an autistic child need occupational therapy? ›

The goal is to improve everyday skills which allow people to become more independent and participate in a wide range of activities. For people with autism, OT programs often focus on play skills, learning strategies, and self-care. OT strategies can also help to manage sensory issues.

Which therapy is best for autism? ›

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

As the most commonly used therapy for children with autism, ABA develops social skills, improves language competency, and enhances good behavior using positive reinforcement techniques, meaningful rewards, and consequences.

How many hours is an OT functional assessment? ›

A typical occupational therapy functional assessment lasts between 1.5 and 2.5 hours. Factors like the complexity and the capacity of the client may impact the duration.

What is a functional capacity assessment disability? ›

A Functional Capacity Assessment is a thorough in-home evaluation that identifies a person's needs and support requirements. A Functional Capacity Assessment can help you: describe what you can do yourself and what things you need assistance with. identify any needs you have that haven't been met.

Why do occupational therapists do functional assessments? ›

The occupational therapist will use the Functional assessment to gain a better insight into how any functional difficulties are affecting your child during day to day life, both at school and at home.

What are the 3 main symptoms of autism? ›

Main signs of autism

Common signs of autism in adults include: finding it hard to understand what others are thinking or feeling. getting very anxious about social situations. finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on your own.

Is ADHD a form of autism? ›

Answer: Autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are related in several ways. ADHD is not on the autism spectrum, but they have some of the same symptoms. And having one of these conditions increases the chances of having the other.

Who can diagnose high functioning autism? ›

They can refer you to a mental health expert who specializes in ASDs, like one of these:
  • Psychologist. They diagnose and treat problems with emotions and behavior.
  • Pediatric neurologist. They treat conditions of the brain.
  • Developmental pediatrician. ...
  • Psychiatrist.
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Can OT help with ADHD? ›

Occupational therapists help children and teens with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD), sensory processing disorder, or other developmental delays build their skills in everything from handwriting to homework.

Do occupational therapists make diagnosis? ›

Occupational therapists with specialized training can complete both the screening tools as well as the comprehensive testing, and a diagnosis will be made based on the information garnered from all of the testing.

Does occupational therapy help with behavior problems? ›

For children with behavior disorders, speech and occupational therapy can be the first step in helping to modify problem behaviors.

What are the 4 pillars of occupational therapy? ›

1.4 The Framework is structured around four interacting Pillars of Practice, namely: Professional Practice; Facilitation of Learning; Leadership; and Evidence, Research and Development. Each Pillar has nine Career Levels.

What are the 5 domains of occupational therapy? ›

These domains are:
  • Occupations.
  • Performance patterns.
  • Performance skills.
  • Environment and context.
  • Client factors.
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What is the first step in the occupational therapy evaluation process? ›

Evaluation immediately follows the initial referral for services and consists of the occupational profile–or identification of the client's occupations–and the analysis of occupational performance–or analysis of the client's ability to engage in those occupations.

What does an occupational therapist do in mental health? ›

Occupational therapists recognise that engagement in meaningful occupation can promote good mental health, assist recovery and help people achieve personalised outcomes such as being able to care for themselves, engage in work and leisure activities, and participate within the community.

What does occupational therapy do for adults? ›

Occupational therapists help you develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills needed for daily life. Occupational therapy is a combination of mental, physical, and psychological exercises to help clients perform daily activities with ease.

What does an occupational therapist do with children? ›

Occupational therapy (OT) helps kids who have a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. It helps them do everyday things like eating, putting on shoes and socks, focusing on learning, writing, and playing with toys or other kids.

What powers do occupational health have? ›

What power does occupational health have? Occupational health is an advisory service. Typically it will provide advice to your employer or yourself. It will be your employer's decision what action they choose to take, not occupational health.

Do occupational therapists do exercises? ›

Both types of therapy provide hands-on care that's tailored to the patient's specific needs. Tasks. There can be some overlap in the tasks performed. For example, occupational therapists may also teach stretches or exercises.

Who qualifies disability grant? ›

The applicant must be 18 to 59 years of age. The applicant must submit a medical / assessment report confirming permanent, severe disability. The applicant's medical assessment must not be older than 3 months at date of application. The applicant and spouse must meet the requirements of the means test.

Can I get a grant to have a shower fitted? ›

The grant is usually quite flexible whether you want a shower, bath or wet room. It can normally allow you to widen doors or install ramps, improve access and facilities – such as a stairlift or downstairs bathroom, and provide a heating system that is more suitable to your individual health care needs.

Can you get funding for a wet room? ›

Can I get a grant for a wetroom? If you're disabled and need to make changes to your home, you could be eligible for funding, or a grant. Some of the most common safety adaptations within a home relates to bathroom accessibility and support.

Can occupational therapists remove stitches? ›

However, with the use of early motion protocols, your Occupational Therapist or Physical Therapist may be instructed to remove your sutures (or a portion of them) in therapy.. There are several “styles” of sutures and each one has a special removal technique and requires specialized scissors and pick-ups.

Can occupational therapists debride wounds? ›

The bill expanded the occupational therapist scope of practice to include wound care management and sharp debridement with appropriate education and training.

How are pressure ulcers stages? ›

The stages are as follows: Stage I: The skin is intact with the presence of non-blanchable erythema. Stage II: There is partial-thickness skin loss involving the epidermis and dermis. Stage III: There is a full-thickness loss of skin that extends to the subcutaneous tissue but does not cross the fascia beneath it.

Why do occupational therapists do home visits? ›

Occupational Therapy 'home visit' assessments are fundamental to person centered care and hospital discharges. They provide the Occupational Therapist with an opportunity to visit patients' homes and determine the care, equipment and adaptations they need to return home safely.

What is an OT report? ›

Occupational therapy only reports will include:

A detailed assessment of the claimant's condition (pre and post injury) Analysis of the impact of injury on the lives of the claimant and their family, focussing on the difficulties experienced in daily living activities.

What is the OT process? ›

Process of OT

Intervention includes treatment planning, implementation, and review. Targeting outcomes includes selecting appropriate quality and process measures (administered as part of the analysis of occu- pation) that will be used to determine outcomes to measure the effect of the intervention.

What do occupational therapists do in the home? ›

Your occupational therapist will be able to offer relaxation techniques and help you to adjust your sleeping habits. You'll also be shown some handy tips for conserving energy. Patients may also need help with getting out and socializing in the community.

What help can an occupational therapist give? ›

An occupational therapist can help by:
  • assessing your workplace.
  • assessing your role at work.
  • assessing your ability to complete work activities, and finding ways to assist you.
  • finding ways to manage your condition while at work.
  • providing additional training.
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Who makes more money PT or OT? ›

Physical Therapists focus on helping patients recover range of motion and decrease pain after an injury or illness. The average salary for an OT is $83,200 per year. The average salary for a PT is $86,850 per year.

What can an OT diagnose? ›

OT can help kids and teens who have:
  • birth injuries or birth defects.
  • sensory processing disorders.
  • traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord.
  • learning problems.
  • autism.
  • juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • mental health or behavioral problems.
  • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries.

Can an occupational therapist diagnose autism? ›

Within the occupational therapy scope of practice, Occupational therapists cannot diagnose Autism. Please speak with your pediatrician if you believe your child has Autism or would like your child to be tested for Autism.

What do OTS do in mental health? ›

Timely occupational therapy interventions can: prevent unnecessary hospital admissions; improve wellbeing and patient experience; facilitate early discharge; enable recovery and social inclusion; help people achieve personalised goals; and support adults of working age to retain their jobs or obtain employment.

What are the 4 pillars of occupational therapy? ›

1.4 The Framework is structured around four interacting Pillars of Practice, namely: Professional Practice; Facilitation of Learning; Leadership; and Evidence, Research and Development. Each Pillar has nine Career Levels.

What is the first step in the occupational therapy evaluation process? ›

Evaluation immediately follows the initial referral for services and consists of the occupational profile–or identification of the client's occupations–and the analysis of occupational performance–or analysis of the client's ability to engage in those occupations.

What is the end result of the occupational therapy process? ›

What are outcomes? The end result of the occupational therapy process; they describe what the clients can achieve through occupational therapy intervention.

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