Lime Occupational Therapists (OT) are health care professionals who help people to do everyday activities.
Typically, people who access OT services have experienced an illness, injury or changes due to the process of ageing, that get in the way of them doing the things they want to do – work, play, study, domestic chores or recreational tasks.
The changes experienced might be physical, psychological, social, cognitive or developmental. Our OT’s help people participate in everyday activities through adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching and building the skill or educating the individual or family. We work in a variety of health care settings in Sunraysia, with people of all ages.
DVA Health Cards (Gold and White) are are accepted as payment upon a GP referral.
We are TAC and Worksafe Framework Registered.
- Joint replacement
Before knee or hip replacement surgery, Lime OTs assess, educate and make recommendations to ensure a safe return home and recovery from your joint replacement. Recommendations might include equipment required to safely perform showering, dressing, toileting and domestic tasks while adhering to your post-operative restrictions.
- Falls prevention and Home Safety assessments
Lime OT’s can assess your home for falls / safety risks and identify areas of concern within your home environment. During this assessment an Occupational Therapist observes your mobility throughout your home environment and identifies solutions to increase your safety. Education in the use of aids and equipment to assist your function and remain independent at home are discussed with you. Areas of importance within the home environment include: identifying access issues (whether it is your front or back access); bathroom and toilet accessibility and safety; flooring (is it slippery, uneven, are there loose mats); steps / stairs (are they too high, without bannisters / rails); lighting (ensuring it is adequate); doors (opening inward or outward, handles), etc.
- Home modifications
Lime OT’s assess and modify the home environment to improve independence and safety in your home. We design modifications to existing or new structures to allow clients to participate in everyday activities at home safely.
Lime OT’s consult and work together with architects and registered builders for major modifications such as to bathrooms, ramps, platform steps etc. to ensure a professional job that complies with building and disability standards.
Equipment prescription, both simple and complex - custom made to suit individual conditions
Lime OT’s are specifically trained to provide assessment and prescription of specialised equipment to meet an individual’s needs i.e. functional assessments including self-care, transfers, and domestic activities. Lime OT’s are able to modify equipment, prescribe specialised seating, and educate on how to best use a piece of equipment. Equipment can be sectioned into the following areas:
- Aids for Daily Living – adaptive cutlery, long handled washing and dressing aids, toileting and continence aids, adapted kitchen equipment
- Mobility and Transfer Aids – manual and electric wheelchair, motorised scooters, hoists, transfer boards, slide sheets, car and vehicle modifications
- Seating and Positioning Aids – modified chairs and beds, pressure relieving mattresses and cushions, specialised seating systems, positioning equipment
- Sensory Aids – magnifiers, talking clocks, large button phones, talking kitchen equipment, tactile cues
- High Tech Aids – environmental control systems, computer access systems
- Recreational Aids – sports and leisure equipment, bowling arms, modified arts and craft aids and adapted gardening tools
Complex postural needs and complex health conditions require specific and customised equipment to best suit client’s requirements. At Lime OT we believe in finding customised solutions to provide comfort, improve function and prevent secondary complications which result from poor postures.
- Energy conservation and work simplification
Conserving energy and simplifying work tasks requires changing habits, taking time out for rest periods and asking for help when you need it. Energy conservation and work simplification involves our therapists evaluating how you carry out your daily tasks and analysing it to see if there is a simpler, less taxing way to accomplish that task. This is particularly important for people with chronic pain, respiratory disorders or heart conditions as exertion can cause fatigue and exhaustion. We use a variety of adaptive techniques to assist with saving energy and minimising fatigue. Tips to conserve energy are listed below:
- Minimize steps in any task: plan ahead!
- Use labour saving equipment such as a long handled reacher, sock aide, elastic shoe laces
- Avoid over reaching and bending by keeping often used items within easy reach
- Use both arms and hands when lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling
- Use good posture and body mechanics
- Use a wheeled cart to transport items around the house
- Sit during time consuming tasks e.g. personal hygiene, kitchen tasks
- Do not lift when you can push or pull
- Avoid rushing; rushing uses more energy; take your time, breathe, relax
- Plan schedule to allow for rest periods
- Work at a slow to moderate pace
- Allow time for relaxation between exercises
- Alternate between heavy and light tasks throughout the day or week
- Set priorities, eliminate unnecessary tasks
- Ask for help when possible
- Chronic pain or fatigue
Does pain get in the way of you doing the things you want and need to do? Utilising a range of treatment approaches, our OT’s can work with you to understand your pain, and identify ways to enable you to participate in everyday activities, while managing your pain safely and effectively.
- Ergonomic Assessments
At Lime Therapy our skilled therapy team undertake Ergonomic Assessments to identify and make appropriate adjustments and recommendations. This ensures correct ergonomic set up in the workplace to minimise the risk of injury and maximise productivity.
Contact us to discuss how we can help you or your team.
All assessments are performed by fully qualified, registered and practicing Occupational Therapists and/or Physiotherapists.
- Cognitive assessments
“Cognition describes the mental processes involved in communicating, remembering, knowing, learning, understanding, awareness, judgment and attitudes” (The Stroke Association, UK). Cognition is integral to effective performance across the broad range of daily activities such as work, educational pursuits, home management and leisure. Cognition also plays an integral role in human development and in the ability to learn, retain, and use new information in response to changes in everyday life.
At Lime our OT’s focus on cognition as it relates to participation in daily activities. They work together with the client, their everyday other people, treating doctors and other professionals to understand any cognitive changes and implement strategies to enhance independence and quality of life.
Do you or someone you care for have a diagnosis of Dementia? Our OTs can assist in understanding changes to thinking and memory, and the impact this has on doing everyday activities. We work with individuals and families to address safety concerns and assist people to remain as independent as possible through training and education, equipment and home modifications.
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) rehabilitation
Acquired brain injury refers to any injury to the brain that occurs after birth. The injury can be caused by trauma, stroke, brain tumour, infection, disease, anoxic event, and drug and alcohol abuse. An ABI can cause physical, sensory, cognitive, behavioural, communication or emotional changes that can impact on an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities (including work, study, personal care, leisure, parenting etc.). Lime therapists work alongside clients, their everyday other people and other health professionals to understand the changes cause by their brain injury, and identify strategies / equipment / home modifications to facilitate ongoing recovery and rehabilitation.
- FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluations)
At Lime we have qualified WorkHab therapists to perform standardised Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) in the clinic setting or workplace. The WorkHab FCE Systems are predominately used to determine an individual’s safe and objective physical capabilities, establish and monitor rehabilitation goals, and to facilitate return to work. The WorkHab FCE can also be adapted to provide a proficient and dynamic form of Pre-Employment testing which systematically fulfils legal requirements.
The FCE is extremely useful to;
- Establish the functional status of an individual
- Identify abilities, restriction and inabilities to create a profile of the individual’s capacity to perform the job or specific work tasks
- Provide results that can be used to determine whether an individual can;
- Return to work immediately
- Return to work under the provision of selected or modified duties
- Require further rehabilitation in order to reach a RTW status
- FCE’s role in Tertiary rehabilitation;
- General evaluation of functional status for overall program planning
- An evaluation of functional capabilities when alternate employment is being considered
- A review of the individual’s general functional level and tolerances or change in physical status
- FCE’s role in Department of Human Services Disability Support Pension;
- To assess individuals to determine functional abilities and status change in relation to Disability Support Pension