Occupational Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with Parkinson’s disease. 

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 Parkinson’s disease?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with Parkinson’s disease in several ways:

1. Enhancing daily living skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with Parkinson’s disease to manage the activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, eating, and grooming. They can provide strategies and adaptations to make these tasks easier and more manageable.

2. Improving fine motor skills: Parkinson’s disease can lead to difficulties with fine motor skills, such as writing, buttoning clothes, or using utensils. Occupational therapists can use various techniques and exercises to improve hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and precision.

3. Addressing cognitive changes: Parkinson’s disease can affect cognitive abilities, such as memory, problem-solving, and attention. Occupational therapists can provide cognitive training exercises and strategies to improve these functions and enhance overall cognitive abilities.

4. Managing fatigue and energy conservation: Fatigue is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease, which can impact an individual’s ability to participate in daily activities. Occupational therapists can teach energy conservation techniques and recommend modifications to daily routines to minimize fatigue and maximize functional abilities.

5. Recommending assistive devices: Occupational therapists can assess the need for assistive devices such as walkers, grab bars, or adaptive equipment to make daily tasks easier and safer for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

6. Implementing exercise programs: Occupational therapists can develop personalized exercise programs that focus on improving mobility, balance, and coordination. These programs can help individuals with Parkinson’s disease maintain or improve their physical abilities and independence.

7. Providing support and education: Occupational therapists can offer emotional support and education to individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. They can help individuals understand the disease progression, coping strategies, and resources available to manage the challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to promote independence, improve quality of life, and maximize functional abilities for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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 Parkinson’s disease. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for Parkinson’s disease

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 Parkinson’s disease 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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