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Independent Living Team

What is rehabilitation (rehab)?

Rehab should be an integral part of the holistic care of patients facing the end of life (NICE, Supportive and Palliative Care, 2004).

The aim of rehab is to enable patients to regain control, and improve self esteem and quality of life as much as is realistically possible.

Who works in the team?

Physiotherapist—assesses your ability to do certain activities, focusing on things such as mobility, pain, fatigue, range of movement, muscle power and balance. This role is assisted by a volunteer Physiotherapist who attends the Hospice once a week.

Occupational Therapist—assesses and treats issues to do with ‘coping’, both in the Hospice and at home such as washing, dressing, transfers, and dealing with fatigue.

Rehab Assistant—assists the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services.

What can they do for me?

Aid, increase and maintain mobility
Help with relaxation
Positive Living Group
Assess function and give advice on how to adapt/cope better
Provision of equipment/aids as necessary
Pain management support, such as TENS, exercise, advice
Acupuncture: for pain, nausea, anxiety, constipation etc

The Physiotherapy team

The team can help with movement and mobility to make everyday living easier and to maximise quality of life.

Our Physiotherapists can help people to manage pain so that people can maintain their independence living at home as their illness progresses. They assess people’s needs, offer advice on how to deal with situations and go through exercises. They can also use muscle manipulation and massage to help with pain and improving mobility.They can use their knowledge to improve symptoms for a range of illnesses such as: Multiple SclerosisParkinson’sMotor Neurone Diseaseheart failure and lung disease such as COPD. Physiotherapists can help people in the Hospice buildings or in people’s own homes or care homes.

They offer:
  • Mobility assessment
  • Tailored advice, specific to each person’s needs
  • Exercises to help manage pain and keep you mobile

Physiotherapy forms part of the function of our rehabilitation team and so is closely linked to Occupational Therapy

Physiotherapy groups

As well as having tailored, individual physiotherapy sessions, we also offer group physiotherapy sessions as part of the Orchard programme of outpatient care. A trained physiotherapist runs through a series of basic exercises in a group setting to help people with their basic mobility needs.

  • Positive Living Group
  • Breathlessness Group