SANDYFORD CLINIC & COURSE TRAINING CENTRE

 

Fit For Life are based in the heart of Sandyford Village, in Dublin. Here we have a multi-disciplinary Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic; a Training Centre, and our head office. Our team in Sandyford consists of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Exercise Therapists who provide 1:1 and group interventions for Older Adults. You are welcome to book an individual appointment with one of our therapists or join our fun group exercise classes for Older Adults! We also run Manual Handling and Exercise Instructor Training Courses here in Sandyford. We are very lucky to be located in such a lovely village, with free parking and lovely lunch options locally! 

 

Exercise Classes for Older Adults in Sandyford

Join a fun exercise class here at our Sandyford Clinic!

 

Fit For Life have been delivering researched based group exercise therapy since 2001. Group exercise has been extensively researched and is highly recommended as an ideal form of physical activity especially for the older adult. Fit For Life’s experience and expertise has led to the development of successful exercise intervention for older adults at all levels of physical ability. We deliver progressive, innovative and fun group exercise classes for older adults ensuring that benefits are gained by all who participate in our programmes.​

The benefits of physical activity include staying independent if possible. We all know the importance of independence and we work with people as this becomes more challenging. We ensure that individuals achieve their own potential, providing support with personal goals, and best practice interventions to achieve these goals.​

 

A Fit For Life group exercise class will be:

  • Researched, designed and developed from years of experience and expertise

  • Measured – individual assessments are made prior, during and post 12 weeks block classes to measure progress

  • Able to cater for specific populations and medical conditions and for participants of different levels of ability or fitness

  • Fun, social, innovative and easily tailored to all participants

  • Delivered by a certified Fit For Life trainer

 

If you live near Sandyford, why not join our Group Exercise Sessions to improve your strength and balance in a fun and challenging environment! You can book online or contact us on 01-2137915 or info@fitforlife.ie for more information!

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimize the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population. Physiotherapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day In-house Physiotherapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended In-house Physiotherapy Service for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private In-house Physiotherapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our physiotherapists weekly.
  • Individual Physiotherapy appointments at our Sandyford Village Clinic
  • Individual Physiotherapy Home Visits – Our Physio’s travel to you and provide tailored physiotherapy to you in your own home.
  • Falls Risk Assessments
*All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists).




Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence. ​The most common referrals for our OT services include:

  • Seating and pressure relief
  • Positioning and the prevention of contractures
  • Assisting activities of daily living (ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids
  • Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s
Occupational Therapy Services Include:
  • ½ Day in-house Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended in-house Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private In-house Occupational Therapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our occupational therapists weekly
  • Individual Occupational Therapy appointments at our Sandyford Village Clinic
  • Individual Occupational Therapy Home Visits – Our OT’s travel to you and provide tailored occupational therapy to you in your own home.
  • Falls Risk Assessments​

*All of these services are carried out by Occupational Therapists, members of the AOTI (Assoc. of Occupational Therapists of Ireland)





Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy

 

A Fit For Life therapist is a member of the multidisciplinary team that has reached Fit For Life accredited therapist status and has met the exacting standards set by Fit For Life. They will have successfully completed all Fit For Life specialized training courses in areas including: Age related physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physical & rehabilitation therapy; Exercise therapy for older adults, Falls prevention and Advanced people manual handling. All our therapist are full practicing members of their respective Irish healthcare associations.

Fit For Life provide a multidisciplinary service at our Sandyford Village Clinic, at hundreds of Nursing Homes and Daycare Centres throughout Ireland, and privately in your own home. We complete individual physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessments and interventions. And we provide individual and group exercise therapy and falls prevention programmes onsite and individually to you in your home. We also run varied group exercise sessions for Older Adults, focusing on improving your endurance, strength and balance in a fun group environment. We can work together to tailor our service to best suit your specific needs. Why not call Mark on 01-2137915 or email info@fitforlife.ie to find out how we can tailor our services to your needs!

Home Visits

Almost everyone would ultimately prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible providing that it is safe and manageable for those who are caring for them. This issue normally arises when someone has been debilitated through injury, illness or after an operation and has had a hospital or convalescence stay. The ideal scenario for almost everyone is to get home as quickly as possible and get on with their day to day lives.

 

This can sometimes become more difficult to achieve than expected especially if there has been a significant change in an individuals’ independence and mobility levels which negatively affect their ability to perform everyday tasks. Whether this is a short term or long term prognosis there is a considerable advantage to availing of therapy or recommendations in your own home. By being assessed in your home your therapist can provide you with rehabilitation programmes that can be carried out safely.

If the change in you or your loved ones independence is likely to be long term then the likelihood of remaining in your home is greatly enhanced by adapting your home to allow the greatest level of independence possible. Fit For Life has the expertise and experience to provide you with the appropriate assessments, recommendations and follow up therapies to greatly increase your quality of life.

 

Depending on you or your loved ones situation we can send the appropriately qualified therapist to meet your needs and ensure that you receive the correct advice and recommendations in your own home.

To find out more or to book a home visit, please phone 01-2137915 or email info@fitforlife.ie!

Physiotherapy Home Visit

What Happens in a Physiotherapy Home Visit?

Quite commonly one of our physiotherapists would come to you or your loved one in your own home to carry out a comprehensive assessment of your current level of physical ability. Then a treatment plan is devised to maximise your rehabilitation potential including a home exercise programme that is designed specifically for you. Follow up treatments and a reassessment date are then scheduled in order to measure the effectiveness of your rehabilitation. Our therapists provide weekly updates on progress to family members if required with continuous consultation in relation to the best practice and probable outcomes.

Some of the more common reasons for patients availing of these services include:

  • Post-surgical patients of knee or hip replacements

  • People who have had a fall with a significant injury

  • Clients who have suffered a stroke

  • Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease

  • People who have generally deteriorated due to a long illness or hospital stay

Occupational Therapy Home Visit

What Happens in a Occupational Therapy Home Visit?

Our Occupational Therapist would carry out an assessment in your place of proposed residence initially taking into account any recent illness or injury. They would ensure that your living space was as safe as possible while enabling you to remain as independent as possible.

In addition our therapist would assess you and any current specialised equipment (chairs, splints) to ascertain if they are suitable to sustain or improve your level of independence. A detailed report would then be provided sometimes recommending alterations to your living space (e.g grab rails, ramps etc) or a recommendation for specialised equipment or furniture. A follow up trial of equipment would often be arranged.

Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimize the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specializing in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population. Physiotherapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day In-house Physiotherapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended In-house Physiotherapy Service for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private In-house Physiotherapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our physiotherapists weekly.
  • Individual Physiotherapy appointments at our Sandyford Village Clinic
  • Individual Physiotherapy Home Visits – Our Physio’s travel to you and provide tailored physiotherapy to you in your own home.
  • Falls Risk Assessments
*All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the ISCP (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists).




Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence. ​The most common referrals for our OT services include:

  • Seating and pressure relief
  • Positioning and the prevention of contractures
  • Assisting activities of daily living (ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids
  • Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s
Occupational Therapy Services Include:
  • ½ Day in-house Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: ½ day weekly (3-4hrs)
  • Extended in-house Occupational Therapy Services for Nursing Homes: e.g. 2 ½ days p/week
  • Private In-house Occupational Therapy sessions: Individual residents can book private appointments with our occupational therapists weekly
  • Individual Occupational Therapy appointments at our Sandyford Village Clinic
  • Individual Occupational Therapy Home Visits – Our OT’s travel to you and provide tailored occupational therapy to you in your own home.
  • Falls Risk Assessments​

*All of these services are carried out by Occupational Therapists, members of the AOTI (Assoc. of Occupational Therapists of Ireland)





Other Therapies

Physical Therapy


Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilizations and exercise therapy. Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions. Physical Therapy appointments are available for you at our Sandyford Clinic or in your own home, and as part of our multi-disciplinary ½ day service for Nursing Homes and Daycare Centres. *All of these services are carried out by Physical Therapists, members of the IAPT (Irish Assoc. of Physical Therapists).




Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy


A Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist (ARTC) is a graduate level (BSc, level 8 NFQ) healthcare practitioner specializing in musculoskeletal management, exercise-based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specializes in evidence-based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. Your Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment of your presenting condition and contributing factors. This may include physical tests for range of motion, strength and specific special tests of the involved body parts as appropriate. Your ARTC will then develop, implement, review and progress a treatment and rehabilitation plan with you. Your treatment plan may include manual therapies such as massage, myofascial/soft tissue release techniques, trigger point dry needling, joint mobilizations; and/or electro or thermotherapies or taping techniques. And it will almost definitely include a home rehabilitation and exercise program which may focus on developing strength, range of motion, improving your balance and decreasing your falls risk! We can arrange an appointment for you with our Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists in your own home. And, ARTC’s work within our multi-disciplinary ½ day service for Nursing Homes and Daycare Centres. *All of these services are carried out by Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists, members of A.R.T.I. (Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland) and BASRAT (British Assoc. of Sports Rehabilitators & Trainers).




Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)


The Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specific treatment aimed at encouraging the natural drainage of lymph fluid around the body back into the circulatory system. It is a very gentle but precise therapeutic technique working at skin level to promote the normal activity of lymph vessels. MLD can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic oedema, dermatological indications such as rosacea and orthopaedic indications such as adhesive capsulitis, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash and migraines. CDT is Combined Decongestive Therapy and is the treatment of choice for lymphoedema, either primary or secondary. There are 4 main elements to the treatment: Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression therapy, skin-care and exercise. Initially, it involves frequent visits with a doctor’s/consultant’s prescription. Once the lymphoedema is reduced, the maintenance phase will involve less treatment sessions but increased patient participation is required for on-going care. CDT is generally effective. It is not a ‘cure’ in itself but helps to manage the condition and prevents further complications.




Massage Therapy


Therapeutic Relaxation Massage is a type of massage and is primarily restricted to hands, arms and feet. It is particularly effective in reducing anxiety in dementia related disorders. This type of massage is ideal for older adults and in particular can be very soothing for those individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Swedish Massage relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility. This is suitable and beneficial for all ages.




Trigger Point Dry Needling


Myofascial trigger point dry needling involves inserting very fine acupuncture type needles into your muscle. Your muscle will first be palpated for taut bands and trigger points, which are like little knots in your muscles. If these are found and what we call a local twitch response and/or pain are elicited, you may be offered manual therapy e.g. massage & release techniques, and/or dry needling. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, normalizes biochemical and electrical dysfunction of motor end plates, and facilitates an accelerated return to active rehabilitation.




Individual Falls Risk Assessments


We support clients, nurses, home carers and families with assessments to help identify risk factors that increase a person’s risk of falls. Our therapists organise an appointment which involves a comprehensive review of the client, including a falls history, physical functional ability, medications and possible psychological risk factors (Fear of Falling). With knowledge that falls are one of the leading causes of injury to an older adult and subsequent reduced quality of life, we aim to provide best practice interventions to reduce the risk of falls. Post assessment, an accurate, informative and educational handover to allied healthcare professionals and carers will be provided to maximise the effectiveness of the action plans indicated. Duration: 1-3 hours depending on complexity of the assessment. Results/Benefits

  • Multifactorial assessment following best practice guidelines (NICE)
  • Comprehensive report and handover compiled outlining appropriate interventions and actions plans identified
  • Specific falls prevention education plans developed with client/carer/family
  • Maximizes the likelihood of a reduction in falls.





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