Four advantages of in-home occupation therapy following an accident

Unfortunately, even if you would love to stay in the hospital while you fully recover from your recent accident, it often isn't an option with an overcrowded health system. In these cases, getting some in-home occupational therapy support can be a great option.

Sleeping in your own bed

One of the tricky things about being in hospital is that everything you usually rely on to get physically and emotionally comfortable is not available. It's harder to sleep in hospital beds and you don't have any of your usually things for relaxing, like your own bathroom. Getting enough sleep in your own bed can help you to feel less pain and make you feel able to deal with the challenges of day to day life, including your therapy.

No need to organise lifts to therapy

If you have been in a bad accident, you may not be able to get back in the car for a while. Getting in-home therapy means you don't need to continually ask for lifts or navigate tiring and expensive public transport options. Given how tiring recovery is, and how much energy therapy takes, it makes sense to start your sessions as refreshed as possible.

Adjusting to your day to day life

Occupational therapy tends to explore some standard tasks, but if you have specific challenges in your home such as a narrow set of stairs to your bedroom, then in-home occupational therapy can be an ideal way to go over ways to get you performing the exact tasks you need to perform daily. Not only does this help you get back to your pre-accident lifestyle as soon as possible, but it also helps you to regain some confidence in your physical abilities again.


If you are struggling with certain potentially embarrassing tasks such as getting on and off the toilet, discussing your challenges can be hard to bring up in a crowded room with other patients also getting therapy. The privacy of an in-home session allows you to be open about these issues so that you can truly get back to independent living as soon as possible,

Getting in-home occupational therapy support can be an important part of the recovery process, as you move through the immediate recovery into the longer term process of getting back into your normal life. In many cases, this will be covered by your private health care or Medicare, so why not speak to your primary health provider about building an in-home occupational therapy program.