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Our physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists work alongside our Medical and Nursing team, helping improve wellbeing and quality of life for our patients and their carers. They can help patients to remain as active and independent as possible, get a better night's sleep, cope with everyday tasks more easily and feel more in control of their illness.

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Our physiotherapists help patients improve their quality of life and remain as independent as possible through all the stages of their illness. They assess patients' current and future needs, and develop an individual programme for each patient, to enable them to live as full and active a life as possible.

They can help patients:

  • improve their independence,
  • manage daily activities,
  • reduce pain and stiffness,
  • increase mobility and muscle strength,
  • improve control of breathlessness.

They may do this through:

  • Exercise programmes to improve or maintain flexibility and strength.
  • Positioning and assisted movements to improve comfort in bed.
  • Providing walking aids to increase independence.
  • Advice on managing breathlessness and clearing secretions.
  • Assessment and treatment of pain.
  • Advice on relaxation techniques, conserving energy and managing everyday activities.
  • Advice for carers on helping patients move around safely.
  • Acupuncture.

Patients can receive Physiotherapy support through our Living Well service, at home and as an inpatient.

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists see beyond diagnoses and limitations. They focus on hopes and aspirations.

They work with patients to recommend adjustments to the way they live by looking at the relationship between the activities they do every day, the challenges they are facing, and their environment. These adjustments are practical, realistic and personal to each patient, to help them achieve the breakthroughs they need to elevate their everyday life.

Our occupational therapists help patients continue living their day-to-day life as normally as possible. They will discuss any difficulties that patients may be experiencing with:

  • looking after themselves,
  • looking after their home and family,
  • coping with symptoms that affect what they are able to do,
  • continuing with their work, leisure and social activities.

They may be able to suggest appropriate pieces of equipment, or suitable adaptations to the home which will make life easier, or teach coping strategies to help with symptoms of fatigue, anxiety or breathlessness.

Patients can receive Occupational Therapy support through our Living Well service, at home and as an inpatient.

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Complementary Therapy

Complementary Therapies are natural, gentle, non-invasive treatments which complement traditional medical treatments. They help to restore balance emotionally, physically and spiritually. Helping a person to relax and creating a feeling of wellbeing can help with physical symptoms such as aches and pains, nausea, circulation problems and fluid retention, as well as emotional issues such as insomnia, fear, depression and anxiety, and can bring about a spiritual feeling of wholeness and peace.

Patients can receive Complementary Therapies through our Living Well service, at home and as an inpatient, and we also offer these therapies to the carers of our patients.

"The OT team have helped me tremendously. I’ve gone from thinking ‘I can’t do that’ to ‘yes I can!"

Cliff and Janet
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Please help us

All our services are free, but this is only possible due to the generosity of our amazing community. The Government/NHS only provide 25% of our costs, so we need to raise over £25,000 every day to provide our vital services.

Please donate what you can to help keep hospice care available to all those in our community who need us.

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