Who do you see?

Anyone who has been unwell or injured and is requiring a stay in hospital.

What do you do?

Work within a large team of health professionals to promote a person’s independence within their recovery so they can leave hospital and return home. This can include assessing a person’s current abilities, reteaching and providing strategies, providing assistive equipment, working with a person’s social supports and providing modification to the home environment which all acts to promote a person’s independence.

Where do you do it?

  • Acute hospitals in metropolitan areas and local hospitals in regional areas.

Case Example

A young man, Mark, has been involved in a car accident and has fractures in one arm and one leg. The occupational therapist works with Mark to teach him how to move from bed to his wheelchair and teaches him how to use his wheelchair. The occupational therapist also completes a self-care assessment with Mark and retraining so Mark can go to the toilet, shower and groom himself as independently as possible. Prior to Mark discharging from hospital the occupational therapist completes an assessment of the home environment and provide assistive equipment to promote Mark’s independence at home. Mark’s family are also involved with the therapy plan with the occupational therapist providing education for the care of the person in the home setting.

How can I find out more?

Please contact the WA Occupational Therapy Association if you would like further information. The WAOTA also has an acute services interest group that can be contacted at otasig@gmail.com.