Current aged care reforms are causing something of a paradigm shift in the provision of home care services. Service models are changing to deliver on the increasing evidence base around rehabilitation and re-enablement for frail older adults. This shift has implications for occupational therapists including:
- enhanced opportunities to work with consumers at home via enablement initiatives
- role changes as home care workers (and HACC assessment staff in some jurisdictions) begin to provide equipment and advice usually within the scope of practice of occupational therapy.
This article presents a rapid evidence review and asks some key questions about the role of occupational therapy in both shaping and working within these new service systems. Re-ablement and falls prevention
Australian occupational therapy journal: Connections newsletter, Vol. 61, no. 6 (Dec 2014), pp. 11-13
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