About Kirsten Beukes
Occupational Therapists

It is estimated that the average person spends roughly 90 000 hours at work over their entire lifetime. Our job as occupational therapists is to ensure that those hours are spent efficiently, effectively and more importantly, happily.

Kirsten Beukes Occupational Therapists is a medico-legal and vocational rehabilitation practise based in Randburg, Johannesburg. We bring a vibrant and energetic dynamic to a wide base of knowledge and professionalism.

Much of our work involves the evaluation of how an injury or illness can negatively impact work performance before, during or following medical intervention. By clearly defining work demands and identifying areas of dysfunction, we are equipped to recommend interventions and implement solutions with the goal of achieving optimal participation in a suitable work role.

Occupational therapy enables those with injury or disability to engage in daily activities which are meaningful to them.

At Kirsten Beukes Occupational Therapists, we believe in the importance of returning to work for those individuals who find meaning and purpose in their ability to work. Where possible, we are able to adapt the work environment and/or the person's limitations to ensure that they are able to achieve optimal productivity and satisfaction from their work.

Returning to work following injury or /illness can be a challenging process for all stakeholders. We believe in open communication and mediation as we engage with the employer, the employee and any relevant third party to ensure the best possible outcome for all.

Occupational therapy for employees

We aim to get your employees back to work and functioning at their best.

Occupational therapy is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, cognitive and/or psychosocial problems. At Kirsten Beukes Occupational Therapists, our dedicated, on-site Occupational Therapists can help your employees adjust to working life after an injury or illness.

Occupational therapy can help your employees if they have an injury, pain, illness, or a disability that makes it hard for them to complete specific tasks. The goal is to give them the tools they need to perform better at work and be successful in their daily tasks.

Occupational Therapy services for Insurers

We offer Functional Capacity Evaluations, Case Management and Vocational Rehabilitation to Insurers.

After your claims assessment team determines the validity of a claim, we offer further evaluation to determine the member’s capacity for work.

Our assessment includes a comprehensive physical, cognitive and psycho-emotional evaluation; and results are interpreted to determine the member’s capacity to work in their own or an adapted position, or in an alternative occupation. Our reports include comprehensive recommendations for reasonable accommodations and/or workplace adaptations. Our therapists offer case management and vocational rehabilitation following assessment, should the member be determined well-suited to engage in a rehabilitation process. We offer objective assessments and we provide reports in a timely manner.

The benefits of Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy service can help your employees:

  • Improve their ability to work in their own occupation, or help them to adapt their current occupation based on their needs
  • Mediate between you and your employee
  • Improve their physical capacity and endurance
  • Manage their pain
  • Engage in activities that are meaningful to them at home and/or at work
  • Improve their function at home and/or work
  • Improve their cognitive skills such as memory and concentration
  • Improve cognitive endurance
  • Improve life skills such as time and stress management

What your employees/clients can expect

At the appointment, our Occupational Therapists will assess your employees/clients’ capabilities and needs which will guide the assessment and intervention going forward. They will assess physical, cognitive and psychosocial functioning; and identify any limitations. Depending on the results of the assessment and your needs, we’ll make recommendations and suggestions on the best way forward. The intervention will be client-focused; and may include physical rehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, adaptation of daily activities, scheduling of your activities and/or vocational rehabilitation.

What we help manage:

  • Chronic pain
  • Arthritis
  • Head injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis
  • Psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as joint replacement