Occupational therapy in the NDIS has grown and developed since the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in July 2016. Indeed, there are many benefits associated with have a government funded disability support scheme, ensuring that people who are disadvantaged or recovering from physical or mental injuries are provided with subsidised care that improves the quality of their life and their surrounding family members. Let’s consider several advantages of occupational therapy NDIS.
A notable advantage of subsidising physiotherapy for disabled individuals is developing their daily living skills. Without such support services, some individuals would be left incapacitated and unable to care for themselves, ultimately dampening their quality of life and mental well-being. Occupational therapy ensures that individuals who may be severely disabled are provided with support that will help them become more independent, productive and happy throughout their daily lives. Such skills may include bathing, cooking, cleaning, dressing and other activities that help build autonomy and satisfaction.
For those coming back from a serious injury or mental hardships, occupational therapy and the NDIS could be pivotal in helping that person develop a positive and healthy outlook on life, despite difficult circumstances. Assistance can also be beneficial for older adults or seniors, particularly those afflicted with physical degeneration. Having a support therapist will be integral in improving their physical functioning and ability to be involved in their community.
Building emotional health
While there are physical advantages of seeking disability support services, there are clearly emotional and mental health benefits as well. Occupational therapy under the NDIS scheme means that those who seek assistance are able to seek psychological help and gain a healthier outlook on life. Indeed, depression is a serious consequence of physical and emotional impairments, so seeking assistance can be life-changing for those who need it most.
Reducing environmental barriers
One of the most painful disadvantages of disabilities is being unable to connect and engage with friends and family. This could be due to a physical or mental disadvantage. Occupational therapy in the NDIS could be the difference in helping an individual see the positives of life and regain a sense of control throughout their day. Trying to regain a sense of independence is a key component of overriding any barriers that may prevent someone from enjoying their life and feeling included. Sometimes, it is more a mindset as opposed to an individual’s physical restrictions.
Likewise, because of more funding to occupational therapy under the NDIS, support physiotherapists can assist with home modifications and install assistive technology. This helps improve an individual’s quality of life at home, while encouraging participation and improving home relationships.
Relief for families
Caring for someone who is disabled can be hard work. However, it can also be very rewarding work because it makes a difference to not just one life but many lives. Occupational therapy in the NDIS means there are more therapists available to assist families who may be struggling with the strain of providing ongoing care. This resonates strongly with young families who may have children with disabilities, which can be very difficult since children are also trying to develop formative skills at this stage in their lives.
Recommendations for further treatment
Occupational therapy in the NDIS does not just mean that there are more available therapists and funding for disability support services. Indeed, therapists can also recommend further treatment and services for patients, particularly if someone has developed a disability over time, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease. This means that there is a wide array of services and exercises available to individuals who require disability support, thereby improving their quality of life.