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What are Daily Living Skills?
Daily living skills are a wide definition that Allied health professionals would typically refer to activities of daily living (ADLs).
This refers to all the different types of things that you do in your life that are normal. Examples include:
- Daily routines
- How you get out of bed
- How you move around the house
- Cooking and cleaning
- Accessing the community, through to how you shop
- How you handle your money, and budget
- How you access and engage with work or volunteering
How Does Community Therapy Help People with Skill Building?
Community Therapy is proud to employ a wonderful team of Allied Health professionals (namely Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dietitians & Speech Therapists).
It is our role to consider how clients engage with their activities of daily living, in particular, tasks that they’re finding difficult and that they’re looking to improve their independence with in a meaningful way.
Across all our Allied health professionals, we’re always looking to develop meaningful goals that will impact how people live their lives.
We Build Daily Living Skills Through:
Our Occupational Therapists are often supporting people to structure plans, to gain independence, and build independence and capacity across their daily living skills. Examples include:
- Equipment prescription (i.e. wheelchairs, scooters, bathroom aids etc)
- Community access (i.e. reading bus timetables, boarding buses, attending community locations, shopping)
- Physical and cognitive skill building
A Physiotherapist will look at how that person’s physical impairments are affecting their daily living skills.
For example, it may be balance and strength which are impacting the ability to stand and cook, or to bend over and garden or to walk up and down stairs.
Our Dietitians assess whether someone has the ability to appropriately shop and purchase healthy food for the disability they are living with.
This will also extend to preparing, cooking and planning food in a safe and appropriate manner.
Our Speech Pathologists are primarily considering people’s capacity to communicate and swallow.
If they’re living with a speech impairment, it may pose a challenge to other aspects of their daily living (such as an impairment with swallowing).
Our Speech Pathologists conduct comprehensive assessments and provide recommendations and holistic care to support people in maximising their independence.
Community Therapy – Helping with Community Access
Community access is a really common area of focus for people in terms of you improving their capacity with a daily living skill. We can help by:
- Developing the ability to safely and comfortable access the community
- Public transport, transfers, mobility equipment prescription
- Attending community venues
- Participating in socialisation such as social groups, volunteering and engaging in work
Typically, our Occupational Therapists are supporting people with community access. However, our Physiotherapists will also be involved if there are functional impairments around strength, mobility, for example.
Why Choose Community Therapy for Allied Healthcare?
We’d love to hear from you, please know that:
- Community Therapy has gained NDIS certification by the certifier SAI Global, which allowed us to streamline our processes for operating under the NDIS
- This allows us to see any NDIS participant that is self-managing, plan managing or agency managing their NDIS plan, so all participants may access our services
- We are mobile over Newcastle, the Central Coast, the Hunter and Port Stephens NSW
- Our clinicians are university-qualified and we are local team
Referrals relating to daily living skills are welcome through our phone number or via our website referral form. We look forward to hearing your story in your own words.
How are daily living skills and Occupational Therapy funded?
Community therapy is an NDIS-registered provider, and has been since 2016.
In terms of the funding required within the NDIS plan, most of our services are accessible via improved daily living as a component of a participant’s NDIS plan. However, our Dietitian services are also accessible via the category health and wellbeing.
In what ways would the Occupational Therapist work with my carer and my support organisation?
Community Therapy is highly collaborative!
As we know, it is important for everyone that is supporting a person to be informed about the plan. That is why one of our values is community, not just because our name is Community Therapy, but because we believe if somebody is going to have a great healthcare experience and outcome, they need a strong community around them.
With the consent of the participant, we are regularly liaising with their community, whether that’s family, friends, support coordinators, all the way through to medical professionals, such as their doctor or other Allied health professionals that may be supporting them as well.
The most important part here is that we will discuss agendas that our consumer wishes for us to discuss with others.
In what ways will Community Therapy listen to my preferences?
As part of our referral process and getting to know the people that we are supporting, we take the time to understand who would be most suitable on our team in supporting you.
This starts with our administration referral process, where we conduct a pre-visit phone call to understand someone’s preferences. Examples include:
- Preferences of time or days for us to visit
- Religious or cultural practices for us to respect
- Particular skill set or scope of practice that one of our Allied health professionals should be proficient with
This allows our senior Allied health professionals to allocate the referral to somebody that is suitable and has the appropriate skills to support that person with respect to their individual goals, medical conditions or disabilities they may be living with.
Who else will be involved?
We will often collaborate with people’s family, their care team (i.e. NDIS support workers or their support coordinators).
Somebody living with a mental health condition may have a behavioral support plan as well which may impact their plan for engaging with daily living skills as well.