Occupational Therapy for Macular Degeneration

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with macular degeneration. 

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 macular degeneration?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with macular degeneration in several ways:

1. Enhancing daily living skills: Occupational therapists can work with individuals to develop strategies and techniques to compensate for vision loss. They may provide training in activities such as cooking, dressing, grooming, and household management to promote independence and maintain a sense of mastery.

2. Assistive technology: Occupational therapists can assess the need for and recommend specialized devices or technology, such as magnifiers, high-contrast materials, or screen readers, to promote visual accessibility. They can also help individuals learn how to effectively use these tools.

3. Modifying the environment: Occupational therapists can modify the home or work environment by improving lighting conditions, reducing glare, organizing belongings, and creating tactile markers to enhance navigation and safety.

4. Adaptation and skill development: Occupational therapists can help individuals learn new skills and techniques to adapt to changes in their vision. They may provide training in orientation and mobility, such as using a white cane or learning to navigate with reduced peripheral vision.

5. Emotional support and counseling: Adjusting to vision loss can be emotionally challenging. Occupational therapists can provide emotional support, counseling, and coping strategies to help individuals cope with the psychological impact of macular degeneration.

6. Community reintegration: Occupational therapists can assist individuals in participating in meaningful activities and social engagements despite vision loss. They may help explore recreational activities, hobbies, and support groups that cater to individuals with visual impairments.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve the quality of life and independence for individuals with macular degeneration by focusing on their specific needs and abilities.

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 macular degeneration. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for macular degeneration

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 macular degeneration 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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