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Kara Edwards OT

Director and Consultant Occupational Therapist

BaAppSc (OT Honours), Diploma of Dementia Care

As we age our physical and sensory abilities change and this can result in a mismatch between abilities and the home environment, increasing risk of falls. An Occupational Therapist assessment from OT Focus can help to bridge this gap, with a focus on promoting independence and function. Some simple (or not so simple) changes to the home, assistive equipment or altering how you do things can all enable older people to stay at home safely and for longer.

Gymea OT Service Area

We service areas within Gymea as well as the Sutherland Shire Council, Georges River Council, Bayside Council and Bankstown City Council (south).

Gymea OT Services

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OT Home Modifications and Equipment

Recommended modifications may be simple alterations right through to major changes can improve safety. These can include grab-rails, hand-rails, ramp access or installation of an accessible bathroom.

Professional OT advice from OT Focus regarding the placement and specifications of modifications ensures a best fit to your function and unique circumstances.

Assessment and use of assistive equipment, from low-cost items to more significant products like electric beds can make everyday activities/things easier.

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Falls Prevention OT

Risk of falls increases with age and can result in significant injury or reduced function. The home is where we spend most of our time and there can be hazards within the home environment which can lead to falls. A home falls risk assessment with an OT can help to reduce the risk of falls and subsequent poor outcomes.

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Dementia Care OT

Cognitive changes or a diagnosis of dementia can impact independence with daily activities and safety at home. OT Focus can prescribe changes to the home environment or assistive technology that can help maintain independence for longer, enabling you to remain living at home.

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Clinical Supervision

Kara Edwards provides clinical supervision, education and peer review services for other occupational therapists, sharing her expertise in the areas of complex and minor modifications and community OT.