They provide interventions for patients to participate in their usual roles and environment in personal care, domestic, community, vocational and avocational activity and may include:
- Education regarding precautions, anatomy, and biomechanics relevant to their condition
- Education regarding expected rate of recovery, pacing and self-monitoring in returning to daily occupations
- Education regarding postural awareness, pain management, and manual handling techniques in daily occupations
- Education and trial of adaptive equipment and compensatory techniques to increase independence
- Equipment prescription, referral for support services and modification of home or work environmental factors as required
- Facilitating return to occupation through graded conditioning of affected limbs, standing and activity tolerance activities, functional mobility retraining and work hardening
- Community assessment and retraining (such as shopping, banking, money handling, outdoor mobility, and public transport usage).
When deemed necessary, driver assessment/retraining and home assessments will be arranged by an occupational therapist to ensure patient safety and independence are maximised. Home modification and the provision of equipment and community support services will be organised by the occupational therapist.