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Independent Living Team
“To remain as independent as possible for as long as possible”
The Independent Living Team supports individuals and their families to maintain independence, quality of life and wellbeing when living with a life limiting illness. We empower individuals to self-manage through rehabilitation, symptom management and education.
The team comprises of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, complementary therapists, therapy assistants and volunteers.
We work across all aspects of the Hospice including the community, ward, day therapy, out-patients and therapeutic groups.
We offer advice and education around the following symptoms:
Worry and stress
Body image and wellbeing
The team support education and development within the Hospice.
Complementary therapies aim to provide a range of supportive therapies to individuals and their carers and is offered alongside medical treatments.
Many people with life limiting illnesses use these to cope with disease and sides effects of treatments.
Some of the therapies we provide are massage, aromatherapy, indian head massage, reflexology and reiki.
Through holistic assessment we provide advice and education to individuals to optimise wellbeing. We use physical, psychological, and social activity to promote empowerment and self-management. We also offer advice around modifying or adapting an environment to maintain independence.
The physiotherapy team at St Nicholas Hospice Care is made up of chartered physiotherapists who are all members of the Health and Care professions Council and have experience and expertise in palliative care. Physiotherapists use goal-orientated rehabilitation and help manage symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, anxiety, weakness, fatigue and lack of mobility. They use a variety of evidence-based treatments and techniques, which may include exercise, education and advice, provision of equipment, acupuncture and hands on therapy.