Our specialist palliative care physiotherapists provide treatment to enhance rehabilitation and pain control.
Our physiotherapist works with all appropriate patients within the Hospice, including the Inpatient Unit and Day Services. The physiotherapist also works as part of the Community Team visiting patients in their own homes.
The physiotherapist will focus on helping you to move safely and manage stairs. They have particular expertise in managing pain and stiffness as well as helping with problems such as breathlessness, loss of balance and tiredness.
The physiotherapist will also provide families and informal carers with guidance on transfer and lifting techniques and ways in which to maintain maximum comfort for the patient e.g. correct positioning, passive exercises.
On referral, the physiotherapist carries out a full assessment and draws up a treatment plan in combination with the patient. This includes discussion of treatment aims and the frequency of treatment.
Treatment plans may include:
- Maintenance/improvement of independence by graded exercise programmes;
- Provision of walking aids e.g. frames and walking sticks;
- Advice on breathing exercises and managing coughing;
- Control of pain by the use of TENS machines, acupuncture, specialised massage techniques and hot and cold packs.