Occupational Therapy for Degenerative Diseases

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with degenerative diseases. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with degenerative diseases?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with degenerative diseases in several ways:

1. Maintaining Independence:

Occupational therapists help individuals with degenerative diseases maintain their ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) independently for as long as possible. They assess the person’s physical and cognitive abilities, develop personalized strategies, and provide adaptive equipment to promote safety and independence.

2. Enhancing Motor Skills:

Degenerative diseases often cause a decline in motor skills and coordination. Occupational therapists provide activities, exercises, and techniques to improve and maintain motor skills. They address fine motor skills required for tasks like writing, using utensils, or buttoning clothes, as well as gross motor skills needed for activities such as walking or transferring.

3. Managing Symptoms:

Occupational therapists help individuals manage the symptoms of degenerative diseases. They provide strategies to cope with pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, and sensory changes, improving quality of life and reducing discomfort.

4. Modifying the Environment:

Occupational therapists assess the home and work environment to make necessary modifications. They recommend adjustments such as installing grab bars, ramps, or stairlifts to improve accessibility and safety. Adapting the environment allows individuals to continue their daily activities and maintain independence.

5. Cognitive Rehabilitation:

Some degenerative diseases may lead to cognitive decline. Occupational therapists employ cognitive rehabilitation techniques to help individuals maintain cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. They provide exercises and strategies to compensate for any cognitive deficits and help individuals engage in meaningful activities.

6. Emotional Support:

Degenerative diseases can have a significant emotional impact on individuals and their families. Occupational therapists provide emotional support and counseling, helping individuals cope with changes, grief, and anxiety. They may also facilitate support groups, allowing individuals to connect with others facing similar challenges.

7. Caregiver Education:

Occupational therapists educate caregivers on techniques to assist individuals with degenerative diseases. They teach strategies for safe transfers, help with mobility aids, and provide guidance on managing challenging behaviors. Educating caregivers helps maintain the person’s well-being and reduces caregiver burden.

Overall, occupational therapy plays a crucial role in improving the quality of life for individuals with degenerative diseases. It focuses on maximising independence, managing symptoms, and providing necessary support to adapt to the changing needs of the individual.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with degenerative diseases. Read more about our therapists here.

Occupational therapy assessments for degenerative diseases

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with degenerative diseases in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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