Occupational Therapist


An initial needs assessment is crucial for insurers and employers when evaluating the needs and rehabilitation requirements of individuals that have experienced injury or impairment. They are crucial to assisting an individual who has experienced an injury or illness that resulted in limited mobility, inability to continue to work, or who has even been disabled by an incident, understand the extent of their situation. 

What’s more, occupational therapists like those at Coastal Rehab use initial needs assessments to gain an understanding of their client’s unique situation and needs.

But what exactly is an initial needs assessment, and what is it for? Find out below!

What is an Initial Needs Assessment? 

An initial needs assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s physical, cognitive, and psychosocial abilities. The goal of the initial needs assessment is to identify the areas in which the individual requires assistance and to develop a treatment plan that will address these needs.

Who Needs an Initial Needs Assessment?

Insurers and employers are not the only ones who may require an individual to undergo an initial needs assessment. Occupational therapists may also order assessments for:

  • Individuals with work-related injuries or illnesses
  • Individuals who have experienced a physical or cognitive impairment
  • Individuals who have been disabled as a result of an accident or illness
  • Children with developmental delays or disabilities
  • Elderly individuals who are experiencing age-related changes that impact their ability to function independently.

How is an Initial Needs Assessment Conducted? 

An initial needs assessment is typically conducted by a team of specialists, which may include an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, and a speech-language pathologist. The individual being assessed will be asked to perform a variety of tasks that will help the assessors to evaluate their abilities. 

These tasks may include activities of daily living, such as dressing and grooming, as well as cognitive tasks, such as memory and problem-solving. After the assessment is complete, the team will work together to develop a treatment plan that address the individual’s needs.

Coastal Rehab’s team of occupational therapists are experts in conducting initial needs assessments. If you or someone you know is in need of an assessment, please contact Coastal Rehab today for more information!

When Should You See an Occupational Therapist?

If you’re experiencing pain or difficulty with activities of daily living, it may be time to see an occupational therapist. Occupational therapists can help you regain your independence and manage your pain.

Don’t wait until your pain is unmanageable or your ability to function is impaired. Contact Coastal Rehab today to schedule an appointment! 

Other signs you may need to see an occupational therapist include:

1. You’re experiencing a loss of sensation

One of the biggest factors when it comes to whether or not you should see an occupational therapist is if you have lost some level of sensation since your injury occurred. 

According to specialists, having a lack of feeling can lead to further damage in your body because you likely aren’t aware when something is wrong. An occupational therapist can help you examine how to create new habits and routines that will allow you to live safely.

2. Your work is suffering

You may think your work isn’t suffering because of an illness or injury, but it could be causing significant levels of stress. An occupational therapist who specialises in working with individuals who are experiencing physical pain can help them learn how to cope with discomfort, as well as create goals for getting back on track at work without sacrificing your health.

3. You feel like your independence is limited

If you struggle with the idea of needing someone else around all the time, seeing an occupational therapist could help instill a sense of freedom back into your life. 

They can even teach you how to create a schedule that will allow you to live on your own without putting too much pressure on yourself or anyone else who might be trying to help out after an illness or injury has occurred.

5. You have trouble completing everyday tasks

A lack of energy can certainly make it difficult for individuals to complete day-to-day tasks, but it’s a symptom of many chronic illnesses and injuries. An occupational therapist can help you to create a routine that eases the strain on your body so you can accomplish things that are important to you without feeling overwhelmed. 

It may take some time, but eventually you’ll be able to return to work or other activities.

Coastal Rehab Provides Initial Needs Assessments 

Coastal Rehab practices occupational therapy with a patient-centric philosophy aimed at reducing the barriers to success. They care about their clients and genuinely strive to help them achieve health, happiness, and fulfilment, and want to see every client attain a happy and independent life.

When working with them, you are guaranteed to receive the utmost respect, understanding, and expert opinion on your case. 

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