OT-led video assessments for adjustable beds, chairs and care cots prove popular with clients
Theraposture, a specialist in adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, is experiencing growing demand for its latest OT-led, personalised video assessments and product demonstrations, following the introduction of a new web appointment calendar.
Offering an alternative to home visits, the ‘Theraposture Covid safe services’ video appointments provide a socially distanced opportunity for the Theraposture Occupational Therapist (OT) Shaun Masters to assess individual needs, answer questions and see a client’s environment.
Home assessment visits are still available from Theraposture if requested and appropriate, however, for clients who are shielding or who do not want visitors, the option to choose a video call provides peace of mind.
Shaun can use a variety of video conferencing options including Zoom, Teams or WhatsApp. Once a booking has been made, he calls the client to discuss their product requirements and to ensure the technology is all set up before the appointment.
Clients can book video assessments with Theraposture via telephone or the company’s new online booking app. Simple to use, visitors click on an available date, select preferences and the appointment is booked with the OT.
Individual or multiple products can be seen in one appointment with several participants on the same call. This provides an efficient method of discussing suitable assistive equipment without travel or physical contact, making the assessment COVID-19 risk-free. In one video call, solutions can be discussed with several stakeholders responsible for care, saving time for everyone involved.
Shaun, who is leading the new Theraposture video services, believes working smart is the way forward to achieve faster positive outcomes.
“As an Occupational Therapist I embrace change,” he said. “Its prescription often enables an individual to maintain or increase their level of independence. The world in which we find ourselves living in at the current time, requires each one of us to change our day-to-day lives. So, by embracing this change, coupled with technology, we can promote optimum health and wellbeing in new and innovative ways.
“Theraposture are using technology to complete video-based OT assessments via many different web platforms – this new way of working is quickly transforming our practice. We complete these in a timely manner as they can involve health professionals, carers, clients, and family members. The video assessment enables products to be viewed and demonstrated in a relaxed private environment, with full explanation given on specific features and functions prevalent to different pathologies.
“In my professional opinion, video assessments are very effective, and I strongly believe they will become normal practice within our continued new way of working.”
Theraposture video services are supported by its coronavirus safe working practices which ensure product installations, service calls and home visits are safe for all involved. Technicians have a strict protocol and wear full PPE whilst ensuring clients are shielded during any client facing interaction.