Assistive Technology Assessment

Assistive Technology Assessments

Whether it’s help with everyday tasks or testing out the latest gadgets, the right AT can greatly improve independence and quality of life.

Our Assistive Technology Assessments are all about understanding the needs of our clients to identify the best AT solution.  There is no one-size-fits all in AT, so we’ll take the time to find out what the individual requirements are – with the goal of improving engagement and independence in daily tasks.  No  matter how small or big the AT needs may be, from watches to wheelchairs, we’ll assist our clients to find the right solutions.  We offer a trial service with most of our suppliers, so clients can test out AT items and see if they work before purchasing.

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What Assistive Technology Solutions Exist?

Assistive technology solutions come in a range of sizes, shapes and forms. Some may be low cost and low risk, whilst others may be more costly and carry a greater degree of risk. Assistive technology solutions may include but are not limited to:

  • Adapted cutlery
  • Shower chairs and shower commodes
  • Smart watches and falls devices
  • Lifting and handling aids such as lifters and standers
  • Mobility aids such as walkers and scooters
  • Electric beds and mattresses
  • Manual and power wheelchairs
How do Assistive Technology Assessments work?

Our experienced Occupational Therapists will visit you in your home, community or work environment. This way, they can work with you to identify the assistive technology to suit your lifestyle in the location that you need to use it. Your assistive technology assessment will consider the following:

  • What are some things you might be struggling with?
  • What tasks do you enjoy but find difficult to complete?
  • Are there any physical challenges in the space that can be altered?
  • Can we add assistive technology to your environment to enhance usability (e.g. voice-activated technology)?
  • Are there any portable technology solutions that may help you while you’re out and about (e.g. Smart Watch)?
  • Are there any safety improvements that can be made to create a secure environment for you?
  • How will the item integrate with your day to day life?

Following an assessment of your needs, your Occupational Therapist will arrange for trial of the possible assistive technology solutions available. This is to ensure the item will be suitable to use in the environment, to identify any modifications needed and to ensure it will achieve the desired functional outcome. Trials ensure that the item will be suitable both now and in the future.

How quick is it to access Assistive Technology?

Once the AT assessment and trials have been completed, the Occupational Therapist will provide a timeline on when to expect the AT item. The time will vary depending on the items, approval process and how quickly they can be sourced. Some AT products may be deemed high risk / high cost and involve in-depth reporting and analysis for approval. Smaller low-cost items, like a smart watch or a shower chair, may be funded immediately. Rest assured that our OT’s will assist clients through the process and provide training on set-up to ensure the AT item is used correctly.

At Verve OT we can help you navigate any funding that may be available to you. Your Assistive Technology Assessment will include all the required reporting for your AT items. Contact our friendly team today to find out what assistive technology services you may be eligible for. We’re here to help.

How much does an Assistive Technology Assessment cost?

The cost of an assessment can vary depending on the complexity of the client’s needs. Please contact us for a quotation.

Whether you need help with everyday tasks or you’re keen to try the latest gadgets in assistive technology, we’re here to help you find the right equipment for your needs.

Our NDIS Occupational Therapists service Sydney’s metropolitan and surrounding areas. To find out if we have a therapist available in your area, contact our team on 1300 770 165 to make an enquiry.

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