Physiotherapy

 
Our Physiotherapist will work with you to help identify goals; these may be simple or complex but will always be realistic and achievable and will help make a difference to your quality of life.
 
The Physiotherapist
can help with:

 
Exercise
  • Suggesting personal exercise regimes to improve muscle strength and joint mobility
  • Providing and showing the correct way to use walking aids, wheelchairs and various orthotic appliances
  • Advising the correct way to manage steps or stairs 
Relief of pain
  • Advising on positioning and posture
  • Suggesting simple movements to maintain joint range and relieve stiffness
  • Advising on the use of the TENS (transcutaneous nerve stimulation) machine
  • Supplying hot and cold packs 
Respiratory care 
  • Assisting to clear chest secretions
  • Teaching mechanisms to cope with breathlessness
  • Showing appropriate breathing exercises
  • Advising on the use of oxygen and nebulisers
Moving and handling
 
Teaching carers how to look after their backs and how to move, handle and position people both safely and comfortably. 

Home visits and discharge

Working alongside the Occupational Therapist and Discharge Nurse to help patients visit their own home and have a safe discharge from the Hospice.