Physiotherapy aims to help maintain a patient's movement, function and independence. Our physiotherapists assess each patient and a treatment plan is agreed according to the individual's needs.
Physiotherapy can help with:
- Improving strength and mobility through exercise
- Assessing whether a patient would benefit from appropriate walking aids
- Providing these aids, such as sticks, walking frames or wheelchairs
- Reducing pain through movement, positioning and use of a TENS machine (a small battery operated unit which reduces pain by stimulating sensory nerves)
- Treating and managing breathlessness and chest congestion. The Hospice also offers a specialist programme to help those experiencing breathlessness.
- General fitness through exercise groups.
Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on maintaining independence and quality of life in all aspects of a patient's daily routine. Our occupational therapists work with patients, carers and families to assess a patient's ability to perform activities. They then draw up a treatment programme which aims to increase the patient's capability to tackle difficulties and adapt with independence, confidence and control.
Occupational therapy can be important in ensuring a patient is safely discharged home from the Hospice with appropriate equipment and support services. The team also supports patients in the community, including those who wish to remain at home during the final stages of their illness.
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.
Complementary therapy is available for patients and their families or carers.
A complementary therapy treatment can be received in Day Care, or Inpatient Unit at the bedside or in a specially designated treatment room, or in people’s homes, depending on your personal circumstances.
Our Complementary Therapy Team has expertise in a range of therapies including aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, Reiki and Bach flower remedies.
Here is an explanation of the therapies available:
- Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils obtained from plants. It is usually combined with massage and home blends can be provided.
- Reflexology is a unique method of stimulating reflex areas on the hands and feet to activate the body's own healing powers, bringing the body and mind back to a balanced state.
- Reiki is a hands-on complementary therapy promoting a feeling of relaxation and comfort, and is both gentle and non-invasive.
- Bach flower remedies help to balance the emotional demands of everyday life. They are usually mixed together to match the way you feel and taken as needed.
Working creatively can prove deeply rewarding often when it is least expected. Many feelings, difficult or even impossible to express in words, can find release through picture making or sculpture: whether of shock, fear, anger, loss or sadness; and equally of hope, faith, gratitude, courage, love and joy.
Art therapy sessions take place in the art therapy room or at a patient's bedside. Alternatively, the art therapist may be able to visit a patient at home. The art therapist also works with carers and relatives.
Music therapy is about the use of music to help and support people. It has been proven to be very effective in difficult situations when all other forms of communication have failed.
The aims of music therapy may include increasing communication and expression, providing emotional release and relaxation and comfort.
Our music therapists have a range of accessible instruments including a piano, xylophone, drum kit, guitar and various percussion instruments which are available for patients and families to use.
Our music therapists are able to work in a range of ways including providing live music as relaxation, improvising music with or for the patient, song writing, choosing and listening to music with the patient, life review through music and making CDs.
Our music therapists can provide individual or group sessions in a variety of settings such as the the patient's bedside or in a family member's home.
We maintain an up-to-date database of practical information intended to help patients with their specific questions and problems.
You can access this information here.