It may involve the whole multidisciplinary team, but is, typically, led by our physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The aim of rehabilitation is to help you to stay as independent as possible and improve your quality of life, physically, psychologically, spiritually and socially.
The physiotherapists and occupational therapists work as a team with you to ensure that they are working on the things that are most important to you.
Our occupational therapists will look at how your disease impacts on your everyday function and activities and works with you to overcome difficulties. They aim to help you maintain as much independence as possible using a variety of different interventions. This may include ordering specialist equipment to aid independence at home.
An Occupational Therapist can help with problems such as anxiety, fatigue and difficulty in coping with changing abilities, as well as more practical difficulties such as managing around the house, maintaining independence in personal care and being able to get out and about.
They may provide practical solutions, help you problem solve better ways of managing things, engage in creative therapies or provide equipment to help.
Our physiotherapists aim to maximise independence and dignity by addressing physical difficulties that are caused by your disease. They give the opportunity to you and those helping to care for you to develop coping skills and strategies that will help you to cope with changing abilities.
The physiotherapists may help to address issues such as reducing mobility, weakness in muscles, breathing difficulties and pain. They may use a variety of things to help you, including teaching coping strategies, exercises, providing mobility aids or supports, using TENS machines and acupuncture.
The physiotherapist will work with you to prioritise your needs and ensure they are addressed in the order of your greatest need.
See Access our services for more information about how to access our services, our catchment area, referral criteria and the referral form.