Equipment and assistive technology is invaluable to helping people with disabilities carry out everyday tasks and activities. Our therapists can source and prescribe a range of items suited to individual needs.
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is equipment, devices and systems that enhance learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities. It can increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities and/or improve the safety and ease of tasks.
Assitive technology can be low-tech, such as communication boards, or high-tech, such as specialised computers and software. There are low-cost solutions like modified bikes, as well as highly customised options, such as powered wheelchairs and other mobility devices.
Choosing the the right device depends on a number of factors including an individual’s abilities, the environment it will be used in, and what the individual wants to achieve.
How we can can help
Our qualified therapists can recommend equipment and assistive technology solutions for children and adults with disabilities, providing information and advice about the best options based on individual needs.
Some of the items our therapists can provide support for include:
- Wheelchairs and walkers
- Hoists and slings
- Personal hygiene equipment
- Specialised seating and accessories
- Postural supports
- Communication devices
- Modified bicycles and sporting equipment
- Play equipment
With support from our specialist Equipment Funding Team, therapists prescribe and source items, and identify suitable funding options to cover purchase costs. Our Equipment Funding Team has extensive experience managing equipment and assistive technology applications, and have developed strong relationships with funding bodies and suppliers to ensure successful outcomes for clients.
Therapy Focus manages a budget as part of the WA State Government’s Community Aids and Equipment Program to provide basic and essential items for our clients. We also manage the equipment budget for individuals accessing the WA NDIS in the Perth Hills, Wheatbelt, Lower South West, Kimberley and Pilbara.
If an individual is not eligible for funding from one of these sources, our therapists and Equipment Funding Team can prepare and submit applications to alternative funding bodies including the NDIS and charitable funding sources such as our GIVE Program.
Our services can be accessed through a range of funding options. We can help you find out if you’re eligible and provide further information about the options available.