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Occupational Therapy

The role of the Occupational Therapist in the Spinal Injuries Unit

The Occupational Therapist assists each individual to set client-centered goals in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team to promote a maximum level of independence in the areas of self care, domestic duties, work and leisure.

An individual program is created to meet the client's needs and may include:

  • Upper Limb Management: Splinting and positioning; and use of functional activities to strengthen muscles, improve dexterity and develop hand function.
  • Self Care Retraining: Rehabilitation aiming to achieve maximum independence in every day tasks such as feeding, grooming, bathing, dressing, bladder/bowel management and skin care.
  • Domestic and Community Living Skills: Provision of opportunities to develop new skills and techniques to managemeal preparation, cleaning, laundry tasks, shopping, money handling and use of public transport.
  • Home Assessment and Modifications: Identification of potential environmental barriers to hospital discharge and ensuring timely referral to an appropriate home modification service for assessment.
  • Specialised Equipment Prescription: Trial, provision and/or prescription of adaptive equipment/aids and technology to facilitate independence in activities of daily living, as required for discharge.
  • Return to Driving: Referral to appropriate driving assessment service.
  • Vocational Skills: Support to pursue return to work or study options.
  • Cognition: Assessment and implementation of strategies to minimise impact of any cognitive impairment on daily living.
  • Other: Pain management, education, group programs and parenting.
Last updated: 26 July 2019

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