Farleigh Hospice provides a range of therapeutic services for patients and their families.
Physiotherapists aim to improve quality of life, helping patients achieve maximum independence by:
• careful assessment
• listening to what is important to each patient
• giving advice regarding gentle exercises, self help techniques, relaxation etc.
• helping to manage breathlessness
• advising on certain pain relieving strategies
• provision of appropriate walking aids
• working closely with the multi-professional team at Farleigh Hospice.
• liaising with community teams to help ensure a seamless service between the hospice and the community
Occupational Therapy (OT) enables patients to maximise their potential and to have as much independence and control over their lives as possible. Our Occupational Therapists assist families and carers in their support of the patient and reduce the risks and stresses of caring by providing practical support and information.
• individual assessment focusing on what is important to the patient
• advice to patients and carers on lifestyle management, ways of conserving energy and goal setting
• arrangement of equipment and house alterations to maintain independence, reduce risks and minimise fatigue
• liaison with other agencies with regard to housing issues and leisure pursuits
• liaison with hospital and community teams to facilitate a seamless service from hospital/hospice to community and vice versa
The OT works closely with the multi-professional team in Farleigh Hospice to help the patient to maximise their abilities and their quality of life at each stage of their illness.
Massage can improve circulation, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This may aid the elimination of waste products while boosting the circulatory and immune systems. Blood pressure, muscle tone, skin tone and the digestive system may all benefit from a massage treatment.
Aromatherapy uses aromatic, highly concentrated essential oils to enhance the effect of massage. These oils are all natural in origin and can be massaged into the skin or used in the bath to gain the desired effect. The aromatherapist is trained to understand the properties of each essential oil, and tailors the oil to the individual situation, e.g. lavender for relaxation, rosemary to invigorate and refresh.
The physiotherapists at Farleigh Hospice run a group for people who are breathless. The aim of the group is to enable patients and carers to understand how to manage their breathlessness.
This group, run by physiotherapists, social workers and occupational therapists is designed to help patients understand and manage fatigue and provide exercises to help maintain a level of fitness.
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