Functional Capacity Assessments

Our Occupational Therapists are trained to ensure they conduct objective Functional Capacity Assessments using standardised measures (as required). We take into account the individual and families’ function, formal and in-formal supports, their daily living, community abilities (school, religious services, sport and recreation), along with the child and families goals and aspirations.The purpose is to assess a person’s current functional status, identify any areas where they may require support or assistance, and develop a plan to help them achieve their goals and improve their overall function.

What is a Functional Capacity Assessment?

A functional capacity assessment (sometimes referred to as an FCA) is an evaluation that is used to determine a person’s functional abilities and limitations in performing everyday activities. It is typically used in the context of disability, injury, or illness, and is often performed by healthcare professionals such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, or medical specialists.

The assessment may involve:

  • A home visit to observe your child and how they function at home
  • A school visit to observe your child’s functioning and meet with their teacher
  • Discussions with the child where appropriate
  • Interviews with parents/carers and other family members
  • Correspondence and communication with other important people in your child’s life – other health professionals, coaches etc


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Functional Capacity Assessment Explained

The NDIS functional capacity assessment may cover a wide range of areas, including personal care, mobility, communication, social interaction, work, and leisure activities. Depending on the person’s specific needs, the assessment may also include measures of strength, endurance, range of motion, or cognitive function.

The information gathered during a functional assessment is used to develop a detailed report that outlines the child’s functional abilities and limitations, as well as recommendations for daily living support and services to help them achieve their goals. This may include recommendations for assistive devices, modifications to the person’s home or school, or specific therapies/interventions to improve their function.


What is Evaluated?


Functional capacity assessments (FCAs) evaluate a person’s ability to perform a variety of tasks and activities of daily living. Areas that may be evaluated during FCAs include:

  • Personal care: The ability to perform activities such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and toileting.
  • Mobility: The ability to move around independently, including walking, climbing stairs, and using mobility aids such as crutches or wheelchairs.
  • Communication: The ability to communicate effectively through speech, writing, or other means.
  • Work tasks: The ability to perform work-related tasks, such as lifting, carrying, and operating machinery in a labour work environment, or typing, walking and standing in an office environment
  • Leisure and social activities: The ability to engage in hobbies, sports, and social activities.
  • Cognitive function: The ability to perform tasks that require thinking, memory, and decision-making, such as following instructions or managing finances.

When will I receive my report?

Our reports are gold standard, well-written, detailed assessment reports. The length of a functional capacity assessment can vary depending on several factors, such as the complexity of the evaluation, the specific areas being assessed, the need for assessments in the child’s natural environments and the child/teens individual’s needs and goals. In general, an FCA may take anywhere from 5-10 hours to complete.

This complexity can often mean that a report can will provided approximately 4 weeks from completion final assessment period.

What’s the next step?

If you feel that you may need an functional capacity assessment and you aren’t sure, then either call us or use the contact form and we’ll get in touch to answer any questions you may have.
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