Sally was referred to an Occupational Therapist (OT) as she was struggling to hear on the phone and was losing contact with her family and friends, she was wanting any help that could be useful following challenges since her car accident.
Ankylosing spondylitis (which is an illness that stiffens up the joints),
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and is a little hard of hearing.
Fracture in her upper back from a car accident in 2015
Sally lives in a 2 storied home on a hill in native bush with her husband.
1. Energy conserving techniques
2. Regular postural changes to self manage back discomfort
3. Problem solving Sally’s kitchen set up to minimise bending and reaching
4. Problem solved better phone options and also where to buy a cordless amplified phone
5. Adjusting her office set up to optimise function when using computer
6. Having raised garden beds and garden pots on her deck,
7. Changes in social life since accident and covered the 5 ways to Mental Wellbeing to maximise mental wellness.
Sally feels very connected to her two storied home, which is surrounded by native bush, situated on a hill. The OT discussed the challenges and solutions to remain living in this home long term and provided insights into ways to manage this including the potential of living on one level, use of the community van and possible bathroom adaptations.
Summary from Sally’s perspective:
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