Fit for Life Therapists

 

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, and we provide home visits and assessments. We provide individual physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise therapy appointments 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 chat through our services options!

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 is essential 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




Complex People Manual Handling Assessments


Our senior patient handling experts provide support for complex people manual handling cases. They have expertise in bariatric profiles in particular, for bed handling and repositioning. There is a larger number of complex handling cases being observed by our experts in relation to bariatric and dementia care.

Outline: One of our senior experts comes and assesses the complex task you have referred.

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Results/Benefits:

  • Consultant expert support and advice on complex handling tasks
  • Decreased risk of injury for client, carer & family member




Bed, Bedrails and Mattresses prescription


One area that is a source of great expense and importance to clients is the sourcing and prescription of beds and mattresses. Our team have been trained to the highest standard in order to advise you on the correct bed and mattress types appropriate for the diverse and complex nature of client presentations.

In relation to beds, it is imperative to have the correct types of mattress and bed for your comfort. And it is vital for carers and family members to be able to perform manual handling as easily and safely as possible. It is important that you have a bed that can operate at the appropriate height for comfort, to promote independence, for care provision, and transfers.

This principle carries through with mattresses whereby prescribing the correct mattresses is imperative to those clients with previous pressure area breakdowns. In addition, the type of mattress prescribed for a client can determine the ease or lack of ease of positioning and repositioning in the bed.

Outline: We can provide you with expert advice in these areas so that you are buying high quality beds and mattresses appropriate to cater for you regardless of their size, medical conditions or dependency levels.

Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate beds/mattresses to purchase ensuring no additional costs down the line. We review a variety of equipment providers and are independent from them, so can offer unbiased advise.
  • Alleviate the possibility of any injury or entrapment for clients
  • Reducing the possibility of pressure sores (in conjunction with best practice manual handling)
  • Reduction in patient handling time
  • Reduction in work related injuries for carers and family members




People Manual Handling Equipment


Our manual handling experts are constantly upskilling with new best practice manual handling techniques using the most effective equipment available to ensure that any form of ‘lifting’ is a thing of the past.

Outline: We provide reports and recommendations and sourcing on equipment such as;

  • Hoists & Standing Aids
  • Slings
  • Sliding sheets inclusive decisions on bed systems such as: Single sheets, Tubular sheets, In bed sheet systems
  • Handling belts
  • Repositioning aids – Bed and Chair
  • Pressure cushions

Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate equipment required
  • Training can be provided to maximise the efficiency in the use of equipment
  • Reduction in staffing levels for manual handling
  • Reduction in work related injuries due to the availability and ease of use of appropriate equipment





Group Exercise Classes for Older Adults

 

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

Why not contact us on 01-2137915 to find out when our next block of Group Exercise Sessions are starting in Sandyford!

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia: Group and Individual Exercise Therapy


We have developed programmes that are suitable for varying levels of cognitive impairment. Our aims and goals improve physical function, reducing the risk of falls and improving mood and levels of agitation. We introduce equipment with our programmes that have very positive results with this population, creating socially engaging environments, and positive stimulation.

We introduce programmes that combine endurance exercise, functional exercise and social games. What is important is that our therapists know the clients and provide meaningful activities that ensure a person-centered intervention. Thus, providing a specific session to the client’s needs and abilities.

Using this approach and having flexible programmes that can be adapted when required our therapists have the experience and know how to consistently deliver effective and engaging programmes.





Specialised Assessments, Manual Handling & Equipment

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 is essential 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




Complex People Manual Handling Assessments


Our senior patient handling experts provide support for complex people manual handling cases. They have expertise in bariatric profiles in particular, for bed handling and repositioning. There is a larger number of complex handling cases being observed by our experts in relation to bariatric and dementia care.

Outline: One of our senior experts comes and assesses the complex task you have referred.

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Results/Benefits:

  • Consultant expert support and advice on complex handling tasks
  • Decreased risk of injury for client, carer & family member




Bed, Bedrails and Mattresses prescription


One area that is a source of great expense and importance to clients is the sourcing and prescription of beds and mattresses. Our team have been trained to the highest standard in order to advise you on the correct bed and mattress types appropriate for the diverse and complex nature of client presentations.

In relation to beds, it is imperative to have the correct types of mattress and bed for your comfort. And it is vital for carers and family members to be able to perform manual handling as easily and safely as possible. It is important that you have a bed that can operate at the appropriate height for comfort, to promote independence, for care provision, and transfers.

This principle carries through with mattresses whereby prescribing the correct mattresses is imperative to those clients with previous pressure area breakdowns. In addition, the type of mattress prescribed for a client can determine the ease or lack of ease of positioning and repositioning in the bed.

Outline: We can provide you with expert advice in these areas so that you are buying high quality beds and mattresses appropriate to cater for you regardless of their size, medical conditions or dependency levels.

Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate beds/mattresses to purchase ensuring no additional costs down the line. We review a variety of equipment providers and are independent from them, so can offer unbiased advise.
  • Alleviate the possibility of any injury or entrapment for clients
  • Reducing the possibility of pressure sores (in conjunction with best practice manual handling)
  • Reduction in patient handling time
  • Reduction in work related injuries for carers and family members




People Manual Handling Equipment


Our manual handling experts are constantly upskilling with new best practice manual handling techniques using the most effective equipment available to ensure that any form of ‘lifting’ is a thing of the past.

Outline: We provide reports and recommendations and sourcing on equipment such as;

  • Hoists & Standing Aids
  • Slings
  • Sliding sheets inclusive decisions on bed systems such as: Single sheets, Tubular sheets, In bed sheet systems
  • Handling belts
  • Repositioning aids – Bed and Chair
  • Pressure cushions

Results/Benefits:

  • Unbiased expert opinion on appropriate equipment required
  • Training can be provided to maximise the efficiency in the use of equipment
  • Reduction in staffing levels for manual handling
  • Reduction in work related injuries due to the availability and ease of use of appropriate equipment





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