Being independent and staying in their own homes for as long as possible is the wish of many older Australians.
Anja Hauenschild, an Occupational Therapist and Account Manager for Independent Living Specialists says ILS provides assistance aids such as wheelchairs, ramps, rails and equipment to assist with day to day activities, such as washing and dressing to assist clients to be as independent as possible.
Ms Hauenschild says ILS will help people in their showrooms or sometimes come to a client’s house to carry out anassessment for equipment – one based on watching clients undertake a task, and one which is an activity analysis – ascertaining which barriers stop people doing a task independently and safely.
Ms Hauenschild says assessments are completed in a showroom or the home of the client and their specific equipment needs are identified.
"Our role as Occupational Therapists at Independent Living Specialists (ILS) is to help people to engage in day-to-day activities, assessing what they can do independently, determining their goals and ascertaining the barriers that exist to achieving these, so that they can engage in their local community and in their life roles," she says.
"A big part of my role is to speak to the client and find out what their goals are – whether they have an illness or disease or ongoing condition they are living with and the activities that they find difficult to complete independently. Our work is very client centred, with the goals being client-led."
During her assessment, Ms Hauenschild looks for things such as pressure injuries that occur as a result of reduced blood flow to certain areas of the body and are likely to have happened due to the person being less mobile than previously.
She also suggests that clients attend the ILS showroom so that they can try first-hand specifically tailored equipment to help them with their needs. For example – trialling a lift chair to assist in moving from a seated position.
Ms Hauenschild and her ILS colleagues will work in conjunction with Oxley Home Care, helping their clients modify their homes in order to make their lives easier.
“For Oxley Home Care, we have installed grab rails for a client in their lounge room, bathroom transfer equipment and toilet rails to assist clients with standing,” she says. “We have also assisted in choosing an appropriate mattress for a client, so they have reduced likelihood of falling out of bed.”
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About Oxley Home Care
Oxley Home Care, established in 2006, is a family-owned Sydney company and is an Approved Government Provider for aged care services, specialising in Dementia Care.
Oxley Home Care provides Dementia Care, Private Care, Home Care, Nursing and Allied Health to enable people to live a quality life independently in their own home and stay connected to their local community.
Oxley Home Care is an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing and holds an allocation of Home Care Packages. These packages are designed to provide assistance to the elderly, to remain living independently at home.
To gain access to a Home Care Package, the government requires that you undergo a comprehensive assessment by your local Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT). To arrange the assessment, contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or visit the My Aged Care web site.