Delivering care remotely
The foundation of the services we deliver at The OT Practice are based on seeing clients in the environment they live and operate in, whether it be their home, school or work. Our goal is to enable independence and quality of life and we know this is best done by seeing and experiencing our client's environment, so unquestionably we would rather be visiting people.
At this time, when we need to avoid direct contact as much as possible, we have a pragmatic and effective alternative by visiting people 'virtually', when a face to face visit can not justify the risks. This is now a very real and present alternative made possible by the evolution of fast internet connectivity, the ubiquity of powerful mobile devices and video conferencing tools becoming mainstream and available to all without cost.
Stopping the delivery of occupational therapy care in the community altogether is not an option. For private clients needing to stay safe in their home, avoid being admitted to hospital, or just managing to retain a level of independence at this difficult time. For social care, where resources have be redirected to the frontline, clients waiting for occupational therapy still need assessing and care delivered to avoid knock on effects to other areas of the healthcare system and the long-term detrimental effects of long waiting lists.
So much can still be achieved with a virtual visit. We can still conduct comprehensive assessments, deliver treatment, provide advice, work with MDTs and help clients with strategies for dealing with current restrictions.
Yes, it will bring new challenges and it will not be a practical alternative for all types of assessments, but for many will be a lifeline at a time of isolation.