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Occupational Therapy Equipment

Equipment and Assistive Technology

Evolve Therapy Assistive Technology OT’s can prescribe devices and systems that support daily activities for adults with disabilities. The goal is to enhance independence, mobility and overall well-being. These devices include assistive technology such as adjustable and profiling beds, pressure mattresses, mobile or ceiling hoists, visual assistive technology and more.

How we help

Evolve Therapy Services OTs provide a range of services to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve greater independence and quality of life. Our services include:

  • comprehensive equipment assessments with our network of NDIS registered suppliers
  • equipment trials with participants,
  • lodging assessment and request forms to the NDIS,
  • complex and minor home modifications, including funding applications.

We work collaboratively with our clients to ensure that their specific needs and goals are met and that they have access to the right equipment and support to achieve greater independence in their daily lives.

Get in touch

Use our enquiry form or speak with reception on 08 6183 1763

What is the process of an Evolve Therapy assistive technology OT prescribing equipment?

Conduct an assessment

OTs begin by conducting an assessment of the person’s abilities and limitations. This may involve observing them performing daily activities, reviewing medical records, and conducting interviews with the person and their family members.

Identify the person’s goals

OTs work with the person to identify their goals and objectives, such as improving mobility, communication, or independence in daily activities.

Determine the most appropriate assistive technology

Based on the assessment and the person’s goals, the OT will recommend the most appropriate assistive technology or equipment. This may include devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, communication aids, or modified utensils.

Trial the technology

The OT will work with the person to trial the recommended technology and equipment to ensure that it meets their needs and is comfortable and safe to use.

Modify or customise the equipment

The OT may need to modify or customise the equipment to ensure that it is tailored to the person’s needs and preferences.

Provide training and support

Once the equipment is prescribed, the OT will provide training and support to the person and their caregivers to ensure that they can use it effectively and safely.

Monitor and reassess

The OT will monitor the person’s progress and reassess the equipment over time to ensure that it continues to meet their needs.

Assistive Technology OT FAQ’s

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any device or tool that helps people with disabilities to perform tasks that may be difficult or impossible for them without assistance. It can range from low-tech devices such as modified utensils or grips for holding objects, to high-tech devices such as voice recognition software or electronic communication aids.

How can it assist?

Enhancing mobility: Mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters and modified vehicles can help individuals with physical disabilities to move around and access their environment more easily.

Improving communication: Assistive technology such as communication boards, speech generating devices, and text-to-speech software can help individuals with communication impairments to express themselves and interact with others.

Enabling access: Assistive technology such as screen readers and magnifiers can help individuals with visual impairments to read and access information.

Supporting independent living: Assistive technology such as smart home devices can help individuals with disabilities to manage their daily living tasks more independently.

Employment: Assistive technology such as ergonomic keyboards, speech recognition software, and screen magnifiers can help individuals with disabilities to perform job-related tasks and access employment opportunities.

What are some examples of assistive technology prescribed by Occupational Therapists?

  • Manual and powered wheelchairs, specialised strollers, power assist products
  • Specialised seating and pressure relieving cushions
  • Leisure equipment such as beach wheelchairs and bikes
  • Daily living equipment including shower chairs, commodes, alternative positioning chairs (meal times, play, comfort), specialised beds, mattresses for pressure management, hoists and slings (mobile floor hoist, standing hoists and ceiling track hoists)
  • Vehicle access including modified vehicles and specialised car seats
  • Sensory equipment to assist with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or other types of sensory processing issues

Does the NDIS fund assistive technology and equipment?

Yes, the NDIS does fund a range of assistive technology and equipment to support people with disabilities. The NDIS recognises that assistive technology can be crucial in improving a person's independence and ability to participate in daily life. The specific types of equipment that can be funded through the NDIS are determined and based on an individual's goals, functional needs and the impact that the equipment is expected to have on their daily life. It's important to work with an Occupational Therapist to ensure that the assistive technology being recommended is suitable and necessary and to ensure that the required funding requests are made through the NDIS planning process.

Whether you need a mobility device, assistive technology for daily living or home modifications, we are here to help. Our team can provide you with a range of equipment options, and our goal is to ensure that you have the right equipment to meet your needs and goals. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support you with adult NDIS equipment prescription.

Get in touch

Use our enquiry form or speak with reception on 08 6183 1763