OTs in Housing design creative solutions
- Last updated:
- 31 May 2023 1:35PM
- First published:
- 31 May 2023 11:01AM
Jasmine is a passionate Occupational Therapist (OT) at the Maroochydore Housing Service Centre.
OTs play an important role in making sure social housing tenants can live safely and independently in their homes.
Maroochydore tenant, Steven, uses a wheelchair in his unit. Jasmine worked with Steven recently to make modifications to his home, such as lowered bench heights so he can cook in his kitchen, and putting even flooring and grab rails in his bathroom.
“Working with Jasmine has been really good. She’s come in and made it all possible. The level flooring in the bathroom has made a very big change for me. It’s better for my wheelchair and not uncomfortable for me anymore,” says Steven.
Jasmine also helped a family with a child in a wheelchair to be allocated public housing that was fully wheelchair accessible.
“The mother was in tears of joy and just couldn’t believe it. Her little boy, who’s nearly six, finally has independence to move around their home on his own. Before that, his mum had to carry him everywhere because their home had steps,” says Jasmine.
OTs are based in most Housing Service Centres across Queensland. Jasmine says she finds the job of an OT in Housing really satisfying.
“You’re able to see quite quickly the outcomes of your recommendations. It’s so rewarding to see what you sketched out come to life in someone’s home. It’s awesome to hear back from customers and hear how life-changing their modifications have been,” she said.
Find out more about opportunities for OTs in Housing.
I really love my role as an OT in Housing.
So, I get to be creative, I get to problem-solve, help people and get rewarded.
I get to have a huge impact on people's lives and quality of life.
So, I'm Jasmine and I work at the Maroochydore Housing Service Centre.
Yeah, so it's such a great location, the office is near all of the shops and we've got close access to the beach.
The day is very varied,
I get to have control as to what the day looks like.
I get to make recommendations and then see the impacts of those, which is really rewarding.
I just love the flexibility of the role, being able to choose when I go on home visits and when I'm in the office.
So, I've been working with Steven for a little while now.
We've been looking at his kitchen and his bathroom, just to make it more accessible.
At the moment, he's having difficulty accessing his bathroom sink and his kitchen sink and also his oven, which is really important.
OT is just like the best job ever.
It means I get to be creative, I get to problem-solve, and it means I get to help people and get rewarded for helping people.