Occupational Therapy for Long COVID

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with long COVID. 

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 long COVID?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with long COVID in several ways:

1. Energy conservation and pacing: Occupational therapists can help individuals with long COVID manage their limited energy levels by teaching them energy conservation techniques and how to pace their activities. This can prevent overexertion and facilitate better management of daily tasks.

2. Daily living skills: Long COVID can affect an individual’s ability to carry out daily activities such as self-care, cooking, cleaning, and mobility. Occupational therapists can provide strategies and adaptive techniques to improve independence and help individuals regain these skills.

3. Cognitive and mental health support: Many individuals with long COVID experience cognitive impairments, such as brain fog, memory difficulties, and difficulty concentrating. Occupational therapists can provide specialized cognitive training and strategies to improve attention, memory, problem-solving, and executive functioning skills. They can also address mental health concerns and provide coping strategies for anxiety, depression, and stress related to long COVID.

4. Work-related interventions: For individuals who want to return to work but face challenges due to long COVID, occupational therapists can provide workplace assessments and recommendations for modifications and accommodations. They can help individuals navigate the process of returning to work, manage workloads, and implement strategies to minimize symptoms and maximize productivity.

5. Adaptive equipment and assistive technology: Occupational therapists can recommend and provide assistive devices, adaptive equipment, and assistive technology that can help individuals with long COVID compensate for physical limitations and facilitate independence in daily activities.

6. Rehabilitation and physical conditioning: Occupational therapists can collaborate with physical therapists to design and implement customized rehabilitation programs for individuals with long COVID. This may include exercises to improve strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance, promoting physical conditioning and overall well-being.

7. Education and support: Occupational therapists can provide education and support to individuals and their families, helping them understand the impact of long COVID and the strategies and interventions available to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

Overall, occupational therapy can play a crucial role in helping individuals with long COVID regain function, independence, and overall well-being by addressing physical, cognitive, and psychological challenges associated with the condition.

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 long COVID. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for long COVID

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. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with long COVID 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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