Reduced mobility can have a significant impact on independence and quality of life for seniors. Access Options links clients with Occupational Therapists who conduct assessments and complete funding applications for walkers, manual wheelchairs and power mobility devices to facilitate our clients’ independence. Our therapists will apply for available funding through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Assistive Devices Program (ADP). Documentation support will also be provided for clients who have access to reimbursement through other third party payers (e.g. Veterans’ Affairs Canada, Group Health Benefits).
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A MOBILITY ASSESSMENT
You do not need a doctor’s referral to contact an Occupational Therapist (OT) for a mobility aid prescription for yourself or your family member. You can call Access Options directly or complete our on-line referral form and one of our experienced therapists will contact you promptly to set up an appointment time and review our fee schedule. The OT will come to the your home to complete the assessment to ensure that the prescribed device is suitable for your home environment.
Walker assessments and funding applications can be completed in one visit, either in the home or at the chosen vendor location. The OT will assess your balance and gait, mobility goals, and will take measurements to ensure the most suitable walker is prescribed.
The initial assessment includes an interview with you to review medical issues and mobility goals. A physical assessment and measurements will be completed to ensure that the most appropriate size and seating system is prescribed.
You will select an equipment vendor who provides equipment for trial based on the OT assessment. The OT will be present for the trial and the equipment may be left with you for a short trial period. The OT will follow up with you to discuss concerns and if necessary, a trial of different equipment will be arranged.
If you are eligible for funding through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), the OT will complete the ADP application form with you. The OT may also complete requests for additional funding if applicable. For more information about ADP, please click on the following link: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/adp/
The OT will complete a follow up visit upon delivery of the final equipment.
The process for a power wheelchair or scooter assessment is similar to the manual wheelchair process with additional visits to complete cognitive and/or visual perceptual assessments and driving assessment as required.
…….it sounds complicated but we will be there to help you every step of the way.
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