A functional capacity assessment can vary in its complexity and scope but generally the assessment analyses a client’s functional performance in the areas of personal self-care and general activities in and around the home and in the community.

Detailed assessments and reports can be done for any form of incapacity in relation to a wide range of issuesorcircumstances. Theseinclude:

  • Those with permanent physical and/or intellectual disabilities
  • Motor accident victims
  • Those who have experienced professional negligence
  • Public liability claims
  • Work-related injury or illness claims
  • Immigration requirements

What’s involved in the assessment?

Our Occupational Therapist will meet you at your home at an agreed time in order to review your usual living activities. Where able, you will be asked to demonstrate how you undertake a range of tasks commonly performed in and around the home.

Where a standardised assessment is required, such as the Functional Independence Measure (FIM), a majority of our OTs are FIM credentialled and are highly experienced in its use.

The FIM instrument is a basic indicator of the severity of one’s disability. It comprises 18 items, each of which is assessed against a seven-point ordinal scale, where the higher the score for an item, the more independently the client is able to perform the tasks assessed by that item. Total scores range from 18 to 126.

The items are divided into two major groups, the Motor items, of which there are 13, and the Cognitive Items, of which there are 5. The rating scale designates major graduations in behaviour from dependence to independence. The scale provides for the classification of individuals by their ability to carry out an activity independently, versus their need for assistance from another person or a device. If help is needed the scale assesses the degree of that need.

The Assessment

In summary, the assessment identifies your:

  • Level of independence
  • Pre-injury and post-injury status (if applicable)
  • Ability to perform tasks
  • Capacity to fulfill pre-injury roles (if applicable)
  • Any requirements for care
  • Any requirements for assistive technology/aids, equipment or home modifications

The status of the client is assessed through:

  • Observation of performance of selected activities
  • Assessment of the environment (eg. home, work, school)
  • Interview with the client (and carer/s where possible)
  • Available medical opinion, including medical records

The Report

The Occupational Therapy Assessment report addresses the questions posed in the referral instructions and analysis of function in areas such as:

  • Personal care
  • Domestic duties
  • Need for referral relating to vocational ability, education and/or training needs
  • Capacity to care for others (eg. dependents, children)
  • Community access ( eg. driving, transport, shopping, attending medical appointments and participating in community activites)
  • Living skills (eg. ability to manage own affairs)
  • Ability to engage in social activities

Consideration is also given to past and/or future requirements.

The Recommendations

Recommendations are aimed at maximising a person’s level of functional independence. Recommendations may include:

  • Future therapy, treatment and/or rehabilitation needs
  • Assistive technology/aids or equipment including type, cost, supply and maintenance
  • Home modifications to enhance independence, mobility and access or alternative accommodation options
  • Vehicle modifications and requirements, transport funding or licensing
  • Care requirements including domestic assistance, attendant care, nursing care etc

Our Services

Assistive Technology/Aids

Whether it’s for mobility, safety, communication or participation, be sure to get the right advice.

Home Modifications

From grab rails to major renovations to new builds, we have the expertise to ensure it’s done right.

Driver Assessments

A specialised assessment service following an illness, injury or disability that may impact on your ability to drive.

Supported Accommodation Assessments

We can determine your support & accommodation needs, including Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) needs.

Wheelchair seating & postural assessments

SA’s leading expert in posture management & seating for those with complex disabilities & spinal injuries.

Manual person transfer assessments & plans

To ensure the safety of carers when lifting or transferring persons.

Pressure care management

We can help with the prevention & management of pressure ulcers.

Hospital Discharge Planning

In the transition from hospital to home, we can ensure the appropriate supports are in place.

Neurological Rehabilitation & Therapy

A wide range of upper limb treatments in-home, in-clinic or virtually via video conference.

OHSW

We specialise in manual handling, carer training & disability access for businesses & commercial settings

Functional Capacity Assessments

We can assess your ability to function from day to day & prepare a plan to maximise your independence.

Therapy Clinic

A full range of assessment & therapy services are available in-clinic. Hoist transfers available.

Our commitment to you

SA owned and operated
We are a South Australian family owned business who remain proud of the fact that we are not a franchise or part of a national organisation. Most importantly, we know our WHY.

Why we help other South Australian families. Why we actively participate in the community. Why we support our fellow South Australians who are ravaged by bushfires. Why we contribute to causes that support our veterans. Why we embrace technology to enable unique and flexible ways to provide services to clients in isolation or those in regional areas.

For us it’s simple…..we love helping you, your family, our community, our city, our state. What more reason do you need?

Thank you for helping us continue our why. Because that makes us feel a whole lot better.

Experience and expertise
Every referral is carefully screened by Tracie McInnes, our Managing Director and most senior Occupational Therapist, with 22 years’ experience working in adult disability. You can therefore have confidence that your Occupational Therapist will have the necessary experience to meet your needs.

We are also uniquely placed by having the highly credentialed Deb Harvey as our Chief Clinical Lead OT. Deb oversees all of our clinical services, ensuring the highest quality in everything we do. And, an industry leading mentorship and professional development program means our occupational therapists remain at the forefront of evidence-based best practice.

Exceptional customer service, guidance & support

From the very first time you contact us, you will feel at ease. That’s because we have Amy Felix, our Therapy Coordinator. Amy will take the time to guide you through the process and ensure you have everything you need to make an informed decision about your occupational therapy services.

Should you decide to proceed with our services, Amy will be with you every step of the way, ensuring complete transparency……you will know exactly what services will be provided, why it will be provided, how it will be provided, who will provide it and how much it will cost……and then we will ask you how we went to ensure we got it right.

To us, it all comes down to integrity………like you, we value our independence above all else, understanding that independence fosters integrity, honesty and accountability. For this reason we only provide occupational therapy. That way, if we refer you to a speech therapist, physio, podiatrist, exercise physiologist, dietician or any other provider, you’ll know it’s in your best interests, not ours.

Flexible service delivery

You choose how you want your services delivered. We are uniquely placed in our ability to provide services in one of three ways…..in your home, in our state-of-the-art clinic, or virtually via an easy to use web based platform. It provides us with unprecedented flexibility, allowing us to not only service the greater Adelaide area and Adelaide Hills, but also those in rural and isolated regions.

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