Physiotherapy aims to help maximise and maintain your independence, and improve quality of life by working on the things that are most important to you. Our physiotherapist’s will work with you to address any difficulties caused by your disease, identify your priorities and set realistic goals. Through enablement, education and equipment they can support you to self-manage symptoms of breathlessness, fatigue, pain, anxiety and muscle weakness.
Our physiotherapists offer input in your own home, the inpatient unit, or as an outpatient, and can see you in one to one or group sessions.
Physiotherapy can help with:
- Supporting you to self-manage your symptoms to improve your quality of life
- Reducing pain through exercise, positioning, TENS or acupuncture
- Support with breathlessness and respiratory management through breathing and airway clearance techniques and equipment
- Improving strength and mobility through exercise or walking aids
- Supporting the discharge planning process
Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on maintaining independence and quality of life in all aspects of a patient's daily activities. Our occupational therapists will work with you to address any difficulties in day to day activity, identify your priorities and set realistic goals. They will support you and those close to you with advice on how to continue your activities, or support you to adapt to any physical changes through provision of practical advice and support. They have a focus on enablement and education to help you to self-manage your symptoms. They also have an important role in ensuring that patient’s are safely discharged home from the Hospice with appropriate equipment and support in place.
Our occupational therapists offer support in a one to one or group sessions, and can see you at home, the inpatient unit or as an outpatient.
Occupational therapists can help with:
- Providing equipment to aid independent living
- Relaxation techniques to alleviate stress and anxiety
- Techniques to cope with fatigue and loss of energy. The hospice offers a specialist programme to help those experiencing fatigue
- Advice on how to promote independence
- Assessing the patient's home environment
- Practical strategies to help families/carers support the patient at home
The therapy team also run groups focussing on exercise, relaxation and education for symptom management.
Current groups are:
- Seated exercise
- Circuit exercise
- Fatigue management
- Anxiety management
- Breathlessness management