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How we can help you

Our therapists are experienced in supporting people with a wide range of disabilities including:

  • Physical disability
  • Neurological disability
  • Sensory disability
  • Cognitive disability
  • Intellectual disability
  • Psychosocial disability

Using the latest evidence and most effective techniques, we help you to work towards your goals in the following areas:

In and around your home

In and around your home

Our therapists provide comprehensive assessment, help you set meaningful goals, make individualised recommendations and provide appropriate therapy as required by you. We can also train those who support you in any recommendations we have made.

Our experienced occupational therapists and physiotherapists can work with you to:

  • Increase your independence and safety with daily living activities like showering/bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, meal preparation, cleaning and household tasks.
  • Enhance how your access and move around your home and reduce the risk of falls or injury in and around your home. This may including recommending home modifications.
  • Support you to select assistive technology (equipment) to help you control devices in your home such as TV, telephone, lights and doors.
  • Optimise your ability to transfer safely and confidently from one surface to another, for example from a wheelchair to a bed.

ASSIST Therapy Services Occupational Therapy
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ASSIST Therapy Services Physiotherapists
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Getting out and about

Getting out and about

To help you feel more connected to your community our occupational therapists and physiotherapists can support you with strategies such as:

  • Exercise and strengthening programs.
  • Training and support to enhance your mobility and reduce your risk of falls so that you can more confidently access your local community.
  • Assessment and recommendations for mobility equipment such as walking frames, wheelchairs and powered mobility scooters to help you be safer and more independent when you are out in the community.

ASSIST Therapy Services Occupational Therapists
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ASSIST Therapy Services Physiotherapists (PDF 266.9 KB)

Communication

Communication

Communication is essential to participation and to building and maintaining good relationships.

Our speech pathologists can help you to enhance your communication by:

  • Supporting you to develop your communication skills.
  • Recommending devices or systems (alternative and augmentative communication or AAC), therapy and strategies to help you understand others better and help you communicate more clearly.
  • Educating you and the people who support you in strategies to help make your communication more successful.
  • Suggesting changes to your environment to increase your ability to communicate and ensure your message is heard.
  • ASSIST Therapy Services Speech Pathology
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Emotional wellbeing

Emotional wellbeing

Maintaining good relationships with the people in our lives is very important. If we have difficulty relating due to mental health issues or emotional problems, our relationships can be affected.

Our psychologists can work with you to:

  • Support positive behaviours and improve your sense of safety and ability to manage your emotions.
  • Help you manage changes or difficulties in your daily life that feel too much to manage, or are making you feel sad, anxious, angry or lonely.
  • Help you work out why unhelpful behaviours occur, ways to cope and strategies to reduce these behaviours and improve your daily life.

Our occupational therapists can provide help with your sensory interests and needs. This may support you to have more positive interactions with others, to engage in activities that are meaningful to you and to help regulate your emotions.

ASSIST Therapy Services Psychology
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ASSIST Therapy Services Occupational Therapy
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Making important decisions

Making important decisions

Our psychologists conduct assessments of mental capacity to support your decision making in areas such as managing money, accommodation, daily activities and health care.

We can also provide advice to you and the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) regarding the kind of decisions you can make on your own, where you might need some support and decisions that may be too difficult for you to make.

ASSIST Therapy Services Psychology
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Staying strong and healthy

Staying strong and healthy

Our occupational therapists and physiotherapists can work with you to:

  • Help you to achieve comfortable positioning throughout the day and night to improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of pressure injuries, pain and discomfort.
  • Enhance your strength and flexibility so that you can continue to engage in daily living tasks of your choice.
  • Select appropriate positioning equipment like wheelchairs, electric beds and specialised cushions and mattresses.
  • Select splints and orthotics for your upper and lower limbs.

Our physiotherapists can also provide chest care exercises and techniques to help you clear your airways when necessary. Chest care requires a letter and referral by a medical officer.

ASSIST Therapy Services Physiotherapists (PDF 266.9 KB)

ASSIST Therapy Services Occupational Therapists
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05 Jul 2018
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15 Oct 2018
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