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Home Visits


A home visit enables the therapist to analyse and treat the problems and difficulties your child is having performing everyday tasks at home first-hand. The occupational therapist would be able to
  • Provide treatment at home
  • Risk assess
  • Discuss the use of adaptive aids and equipment
  • Wheelchair access
Home visits are designed for your convenience; the therapist can travel to you to provide an array of treatment options.

Safety and risk assessment


It is important to remain safe at home whilst using equipment and completing everyday tasks such as brushing teeth, getting dressed and playing outside. The occupational therapist can help you ensure your child is safe. The occupational therapist will assess how your child completes activities and provide advice on how these can be done differently to promote safety and independence.

Also by assessing occupations at home, in the natural environment, the occupational therapist can observe a more realistic demonstration than if the same occupation was completed in clinic. For example, a child attempting to get dressed in clinic will have their clothes laid out, ordered and easily available for them. Where-as at home they may have to select their clothes out the wardrobe, take them out and organise the clothes prior to putting them on. This adds several steps into the activity, thus making it a much more difficult task to complete. By completing a home visit, occupational therapists can provide accurate advice on how to make the task easier, in order to enable your child to improve their function.

What will be involved in a home visit?


Home visits will tend to follow a set treatment plan that has been previously discussed between yourself and the therapist. The therapist can also provide assessment at home, and from there provide treatment. Some of the aspects of a home visit include:
  • Observation of activities in natural environment
  • Advice and education
  • Occupational optimisation
  • Chance to discuss any concerns
  • 1 hour treatment session
Occupational optimisation is a term used by occupational therapists to enhance and improve function of your child in their daily activities (such as writing, getting dressed and playing). The overall aim of a home visit is to provide treatment in an environment that is comforting for both yourself and your child, and to enhance their skills.

Problems that may require a home visit


There are a number of reasons why you may require a therapist to visit to your home, some of which are:
  • Difficulty getting dressed
  • Difficulty using toilet or accessing facilities
  • Fatigues easily
  • Poor concentration
  • Mobility and access difficulties
An occupational therapist would be suitable for a home visit providing your child is having some difficulty in an area of activity, or if you have noticed that they are not developing at the expected level.

Suitable conditions for a home visit


A condition will usually reduce the ability of your child in completing occupations, some of which are listed below:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Stroke (Child)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Dyspraxia
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder\
  • Autism
  • Acquired brain/head Injury
However, your child is suitable for therapy, even without a diagnosed condition. The occupational therapist will be able to asses and provide treatment within your home, designed to make your life easier, and get the help your child needs.

Benefits of home visits:


Some of the benefits of home visits are:
  • Improve morning routines
  • Increase child's independence
  • Opportunity to discuss concerns at home
  • Equipment and aids adaptation advice and education

Summary


In summary a home visit enables the therapist to analyse and treat the problems and difficulties your child is having performing everyday tasks at home first-hand. Home visits will tend to follow a set treatment plan that has been previously discussed between yourself and the therapist. An occupational therapist would be suitable for a home visit providing your child is having some difficulty in an area of activity, or if you have noticed that they are not developing at the expected level. If you would like a home visit, or require more information, please email office@otforkids.co.uk or call us on 0330 223 0888

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OT for Kids have been a great help in aiding my son Jake with coping with his dyspraxia both at home and in school. They came out to our house and completed the assessment at home.

The assessment and report proved beneficial in our discussions with Jake's school and we are very pleased with the outcome the report has helped us achieve.
Jackie, parent.
At our school, there are many children who have difficulty forming letters correctly, concentrate or perform well in P.E, which can impact greatly on their learning. With the support and OT Groups available from OT for Kids, these children have made great progress and are now at a level which is not so concerning. As a teacher and SENCO, I thoroughly enjoyed working (and learning) from the Occupational Therapist.
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As a case manager, I regularly deal with many private companies. I found OT for Kids to be highly professional, reliable and provide me with flexible appointments that suited both me and my clients. The OT completed a comprehensive assessment and report, which was not only clear, concise and an accurate reflection of the difficulties, but it was returned to me quickly.
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