Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Service Scope, Eligibility and Referral Fact Sheet
What is the Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Service
The Housing ACT occupational therapy service provides an additional resource for home assessment services to Housing and Community Service clients who are not currently supported by an external occupational therapist. The aim of the Housing ACT occupational therapy service is to provide professional advice on the installation of disability modifications to assist elderly or tenants with a disability to live more independently in their Housing ACT homes.
Scope of the Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Service
The Housing ACT occupational therapy service provides assessment for minor modifications such as:
- Installation of grab rails or hand rails
- Widening of doorways
- Installation of threshold ramps
- Modifications to steps; etc.
The Housing ACT occupational therapy service provides assessment for major modifications such as:
- Installation of wheelchair access, e.g. ramps, etc.
- Major bathroom upgrades, e.g. the removal of walls between toilets and bathrooms to improve wheelchair access, modifications to shower recesses to increase access, etc.
- Major kitchen modifications to improve wheelchair access, e.g. bench height oven, lower bench heights, etc.
The Housing ACT occupational therapy service provides assessment and consultation for relocation where the current property is deemed not suitable due to access issues, e.g. stairs or lack of circulation spaces for mobility equipment.
The following modifications do not require an occupational therapist report, the tenant is asked to provide a supporting letter from their General Practitioner (GP) to the Housing ACT Disability Modifications Officer for processing of works such as:
- Handrails along side of steps;
- Lever taps and door handles;
- Handheld showers;
- Clothesline height adjustments.
A fact sheet and GP form are available from Housing ACT to assist in this process.
Requests for changes to floor coverings or heating and cooling do not require an occupational therapist assessment, however the tenant is asked to contact Housing ACT to discuss their request.
Requests for Home maintenance issues, such as mould, jamming windows, uneven paths/pavers, do not require an occupational therapist assessment, in these cases the tenant is asked to contact Housing ACT Total Facilities Manager on (02) 6207 1500 to report their maintenance issue.
Eligibility of the Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Service
Intervention services (assessment for Chronic Care Pathway):
Referrals directly from tenant, significant other, community/government service or Housing Manager:
- must be a Housing ACT tenant or listed as a resident of a Housing ACT property;
- a community housing client, with chronic health condition/s or disability;
- have concerns about the client’s mobility or safety, relating to the environmental design of a Housing ACT property.
Note: Housing ACT Occupational Therapist will recommend the following standard equipment and only in relation to property modifications:
- Standard shower stool or shower chair;
- Standard over toilet frame or toilet seat raiser;
- Standard bath board
Consultation services (professional advice and information):
Referrals from officers within Housing ACT:
- Housing ACT property purchases - for consultation on design of spot purchase properties;
- Capital Works - for consultation on design of new buildings;
- Gateways Services - for consultation on allocation of properties for tenants with specific environmental design requirements;
- For generic/other consultation regarding environmental modifications or property design as requested via Asset Management Team.
Referrals from external occupational therapists who are providing service to a Housing ACT tenant/resident:
- Major Environmental Modifications - consultation on the clinical reasoning regarding the design of major environmental modifications.
Note: Should the external occupational therapist require consultation on the physical design of environmental modifications - they can request consultation with Housing ACT Total Facilities Manager (e.g. a building representative to meet on site) via Housing ACT Disability Modifications Officer;
- Allocation / Relocation - consultation on the clinical reasoning regarding the relocation or allocation.
Note: Should the external occupational therapist require consultation on other aspects of relocation or allocation - they should consult with Housing ACT Gateway services to discuss the specific case.
- Provision of policy information and templates for other external occupational therapy services to provide assessment for Housing ACT tenants.
C. Outside scope (Acute Care Pathway)
Housing ACT occupational therapy service does not accept referrals for clients with/who:
- have pending surgery, such as orthopaedic surgery, booked within proceeding 3 months;
- are being discharged from hospital or have had a recent hospitalisation, within previous 3 months, this includes clients with urgent post-discharge concerns regarding health, safety, pressure care and/or falls;
- have acute medical conditions that are expected to resolve within 3 months, such as fractures;
- require equipment trial and/or training;
- have multiple occupational therapy concerns: such as rehabilitation, clinical programs / goals or equipment needs in addition to environmental modifications.
Referral to the Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Service
Referrals can be made directly to the Housing ACT disability modifications officer:
Housing ACT, Locked Bag 3000, Belconnen ACT 2616
Submission of Occupational Therapy Reports for Housing ACT Clients
Reports for clients living in Housing ACT properties must be submitted directly to the Housing ACT disability modifications officer:
Housing ACT, Locked Bag 3000, Belconnen ACT 2616
Housing and Community Services tenants have available to them professional home modification advice through the provision of a dedicated Housing ACT occupational therapy service.
If you already have an occupational therapist, they can provide recommendations directly to Housing ACT if you require home modifications.
For more assistance on Housing ACT Disability Modifications or Housing ACT Occupational Therapy Services, please telephone the Disability Modifications Officer on (02) 6207 3091.
For more assistance on Housing ACT matters, please telephone 133 427.