Occupational Therapy Presentation by: Tanya Hammond, Occupational Therapist. Overview • Increase awareness and understanding of the LCHS Occupational Therapy Service. • How to refer to Occupational Therapy at LCHS. • Wait list and fees of Occupational Therapy service Occupational Therapy at LCHS • Conduct home visits or center based appointments for adults and children who live within the Latrobe Valley region. • An assessment may be conducted on site at Latrobe Community Health Service or in a persons home depending on the referral. The OT will make the decision if a home visit is required • Assist with improving safety and independence of everyday activities in regards to self care, productivity and leisure. • Interventions include equipment prescription, home modifications, education and improving safety within the home and community. • Specialised equipment, tailoring to meet the specific client needs (customised seating on mobility aids, pressure care cushions, mattresses, hoist prescription). • Some clients purchase their own equipment, others may be eligible for funding; or assistance from other sources e.g. Office of Housing, SWEP, DHS. Eligibility Criteria • HACC or Community Health clients • Full cost (carer training, equipment education to group, where a third party is paying on behalf of a client) • Private Clients • Team Care Arrangements (Medicare), DVA (referral must come from GP/Medical Specialist) OT Waiting List • LCHS Occupational Therapy has a waitlist according to the DHS Decision & Priority Tool. Waitlist time frames fluctuate according to service demand. • Priority 1 – Urgent referral. (Palliative care, pressure care risk, carer stress). • Priority 2 – Falls risk, reporting difficulty with access to shower, toilet. • Priority 3 – requesting scooter, equipment, modifications. OT fees • Fees apply for the initial assessment, report writing/applications and subsequent visits in line with the Department of Health Victoria guidelines • Depending on the funding source (HACC/Full Cost/Medicare/DVA) fees and costing's may differ Referral pathway to OT • Self referral by an individual or family member • Referrals through electronic referral system, S2S, fax or phone call from external service providers. • LCHS staff can complete internal referrals through S2S.