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Functional Capacity Assessment Perth

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Functional Capacity Assessments

What is a Functional Capacity Assessment?

The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) Functional Capacity Assessment is an evaluation used to determine a person’s level of functional capacity or ability to carry out daily living activities. This assessment is conducted by a registered NDIS provider or allied health professional to help individuals with disabilities or impairments receive the appropriate level of support they need to manage their daily activities.

The assessment evaluates a person’s ability to perform various activities of daily living, such as personal care, mobility, communication, and household management. It helps to identify the areas where the person may require support and assistance to achieve their goals.

The NDIS Functional Capacity Assessment also considers the impact of a person’s disability or impairment on their social and community participation, work and education, and safety. The results of the assessment are used to create a plan that outlines the supports and services that the individual requires to achieve their goals and live their life to the fullest.

The assessment is an important part of the NDIS planning process and helps to ensure that the individual’s needs are appropriately identified and addressed in their NDIS plan. The assessment is tailored to the needs of each individual and considers their specific circumstances, preferences, and goals.

How We Help

Evolve Therapy Services Occupational Therapist’s complete NDIS Functional Capacity Assessments in Perth, in the clinic and at home. As NDIS registered Occupational Therapists, we work with NDIS participants of all funding types.

Expert Assessment: Our skilled professionals conduct thorough and accurate Functional Capacity Assessments, evaluating your level of functional capacity across various activities of daily living. We take into account your specific needs, circumstances and goals to ensure a tailored assessment.

Personalised Support: Based on the assessment results, we work closely with you to develop a personalised plan that outlines the supports and services you require to work towards NDIS goals.

NDIS Plan Integration: We understand the importance of aligning the assessment outcomes with your NDIS plan. Our team collaborates with you and assists in translating the assessment results into meaningful goals and effective supports.

Ongoing Guidance: Our commitment to your success extends beyond the assessment phase. We provide ongoing guidance and support throughout your NDIS journey, ensuring that your evolving needs are addressed and adjustments are made as necessary.

NDIS Functional Capacity Assessments can help with:

  1. Describing what someone can do themselves and what areas that may need assistance with
  2. Identifying and assessing a person’s needs that are not being addressed
  3. Highlighting what level of support and individual requires
  4. Demonstrating potential assistive technology and equipment needs
  5. Providing evidence of a person’s disability and how it effects their functional capacity

What is involved in Functional Capacity Assessments?

Usually taking about 2 to 3 hours, an experienced Occupational Therapist will come to your house and assess you or your child, in all aspects of functional capacity including:

  1. Physical function
  2. Personal care, showering and toileting
  3. Communication, social skills and emotional regulation
  4. Activities of daily living such as domestic, meal and money tasks
  5. School and employment capacity
  6. Living arrangements and the home
  7. Other areas as required

Following this initial assessment, an occupational therapist will then compile the report, incorporating what was covered in the initial assessment.

Providing further detail, additional standardised assessments are then completed by you or your child over the following weeks, prior to the finalisation of the Functional Capacity Assessment report.

How long does it take to complete the functional capacity assessment?

The entire process takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks to complete, from initial assessment to detailed report completion and involves an open dialogue between you and your therapist throughout. This ensures comprehensive and detailed reports that accurately reflect you or your child’s functional capacity.

What complete an NDIS Functional Capacity Assessment?

A Functional Capacity Assessment is evidence of a person’s capacity to do daily tasks and thus can help in gaining the right supports required for funding such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Functional Capacity Assessment FAQ’s

Who completes a Functional Capacity Assessment?

Functional capacity assessments are completed by an adequately trained Occupational Therapist. OT’s have the necessary training and expertise to accurately evaluate an individual's functional abilities and to provide appropriate recommendations in line with their goals and needs.

In the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia, a functional capacity assessment is required to be completed by an Occupational Therapist as part of the eligibility determination process for NDIS support and services.

What are some things considered when assessing functional ability?

  1. A person's physical abilities and the effects on mobility, transfers and the home environments
  2. Cognition and effects on education, domestic activity, communication, social interactions and personal care
  3. An individual's environment including transportation, home, recreation, work and educational settings.

Is it required to apply for the NDIS functional capacity assessment?

You do not need a Functional Capacity Assessment to apply for the NDIS.

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