Spotlight on the P of the PEO model

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Have you ever wondered how an occupational therapist decides the most suitable plan of action when working with a client?

Part of it comes down to the Person-Environment-Occupation (PEO) model framework. As every person is different, the PEO model is critical in tailoring an individual’s service needs.

The PEO model is a client-centred framework that helps determine how a person’s circumstances and environment affect their ability to participate and engage in their daily activities or occupations.

Occupational therapists use the PEO model to guide assessments, interventions, and outcome evaluations.

When using the method, occupational therapists will look at their client’s personal factors, including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Disability
  • Medical history
  • Social history
  • Physical & cognitive abilities
  • Living & support arrangements

As well as their preferences, attitudes, interests, life roles, and goals.

When working with a client, an OT would gather the information relevant to the assessment to determine the most suitable options for the client and their needs to ensure positive outcomes.

So how does this work in real life?

Say you are being assessed for a wheelchair, your OT would gather information such as your disability, care needs, physical & cognitive abilities, and body dimensions, as well as information about your current mobility equipment, likes and dislikes of this equipment and individual preferences. Your OT would also consider the environments in which the wheelchair will be used and activities that you will undertake in their wheelchair.

By considering all this information and more, the OT can determine what type of wheelchair and seating suits you and your needs. Then the trial process can begin!

To learn more about occupational services at HenderCare, please give our team a call on 1300 764 433.

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