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ASSIST Therapy Services occupational therapy

ASSIST Therapy Services occupational therapists support people to participate in everyday life and engage in activities of their choice.

Daily living activities

Occupational therapists can help to improve your function, safety, and independence in daily activities. We can help you to select assistive technology for daily living, and provide support and training to you and your carers

Daily living activities include:

  • bathing, showering, dressing, grooming and toileting
  • meal preparation, cleaning, household tasks and shopping.

Home access

Home modifications and assistive technology can be provided to help you get into and out of your home.

Some of the solutions we may recommend include:

  • grab rails or handrails positioned to help you transfer or stand
  • widening doorways to allow indoor wheelchair use
  • installing ramps to help you manage steps or different levels in your home
  • reconfiguring or modifying bathrooms so you can use equipment for showering, bathing or toileting
  • reconfiguring or modifying kitchens so you can cook and prepare food.

Computer and communication access, and controlling your environment

Occupational therapists can help you select assistive technology to help you control your:

  • mobility device, if you use one (for example, your powered wheelchair)
  • immediate environment (home electrical devices such as your TV, lights, door)
  • communication device and computer.

Upper limb management

Occupational therapists can help with your positional needs and joint range of movement in upper limbs. Strategies can help to reduce risk of:

  • developing pressure wounds
  • being unsafe when moving
  • pain, discomfort or poor function
  • not being able to complete daily living tasks.

Splints and orthotics might be provided to:

  • maintain joint movement
  • minimise pain.

Splints or orthotics often will be prescribed to help maintain or increase function, in combination with other strategies, such as

  • equipment
  • positioning plans
  • botulinum toxin
  • stretching and exercise programs.

Transfers and manual handling

Occupational therapists can support your ability to transfer from one surface to another.

Occupational therapists and physiotherapists can provide strategies to help you transfer safely; these may include:

  • using assistive technology (for example, hoists and slings)
  • recommending changes to the way that you transfer
  • training in how to use assistive technology
  • training for carers in how to assist you to transfer.


Occupational therapists can support you to manage discomfort, pain and pressure, and to help maintain and improve your function. We provide positioning strategies to:

  • minimise pain, pressure risk and the risk of falling
  • maximise independence in daily living tasks and activities.

Strategies may include:

  • providing positioning equipment (for example, wheelchairs, adult postural chairs, electric beds, and pressure management devices such as cushions and mattresses)
  • recommending optimal position/supports for specific tasks
  • recommending exercise programs
  • providing training, information and advice in good positioning for you and your carers.

Falls and mobility

Occupational therapists can support you to manage your mobility if you experience difficulty getting around within and outside of your home.

Strategies to improve your mobility may include:

  • providing mobility equipment (for example, walking frames and wheelchairs)
  • modifying your home to reduce falls risk (for example, installing grab rails, removing tripping hazards)
  • providing exercise or strengthening programs
  • providing training and support for you to access your local community

Sensory assessment and behaviour

Occupational therapists, together with psychologists, assess people and their environment where there might be sensory concerns.

We aim to support positive behaviours and help you get tailored sensory experiences that enhance your sense of safety, ability to focus and attend, and regulate your emotions.

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Phone 1300 745 477 or +61 8 8266 5260

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