With regard to improving the children’s quality of life at all levels, members of the Center’s Interdisciplinary Team, (occupational therapist and physiotherapist) conduct at home visits with the parents’ consent and cooperation. These visits aim at facilitating the life and daily routine of the child and his/her parents in the home environment.
The occupational therapist can suggest methods, techniques, aids and conversions to the parents that shall facilitate their child’s daily needs, such as personal hygiene and feeding, as well as constructive ways to develop their free time. Moreover, they can assist parents in converting their home to be more functional and ergonomic in order to meet the needs of a child deprived of his/her autonomy to move. Furthermore, working together with the physiotherapist, they control and amend the child’s seats at home, such as the chair and the table where the child eats, the standing frame, the wheelchair, and generally, any other aids used by the child to function and move around.
The information the therapists collect on the child’s activity in his/her home environment, his/her interests, on the way he/she behaves and interacts with the other family members, is important “material” that is utilized to design the individualized rehabilitation program our Center employs in the case of each child.
Finally, part of the at home services is also the Social Worker’s visit, in order to support parents facing difficult living conditions, to improve interfamily relations and any other concern. One of the child’s teachers participates in these visits, if necessary.