Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy

 

Fit For Life Therapists

 

A Fit For Life therapist will be 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 specialised training courses in areas including:

  • Age related physiotherapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy

  • Exercise therapy for the older adults

  • Falls prevention

  • Advanced people manual handling

* All of our therapists are full practicing members of their respective Irish healthcare associations.

Physiotherapy

 

Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimise the person’s mobility and functional capacity. Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specialising 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 Physiotherapy Services (Nursing Homes): 3-4hrs

  • Extended Physiotherapy Service (Nursing Homes): More than 4 hrs per week

  • Private Physiotherapy Appointments (At the Nursing Home or Fit For Life Clinic)

  • Physiotherapy Home Visits – We provide chartered physiotherapy to you in the comfort of your own home!

  • Falls Risk Assessment

* 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 Occupational Therapy Services (Nursing Homes): 4hrs

  • Extended Occupational Therapy Services (Nursing Homes): More than 4 hrs per week

  • Private Occupational Therapy Appointments (At the Nursing Home or Fit For Life Clinic)

  • Occupational Therapy Home Visits – We provide occupational therapy to you in the comfort of 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).

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?

One of our physiotherapists will 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 best practice and probable outcomes.

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

  • Post-surgical patients e.g. 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

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

Occupational Therapy Home Visit

 

What Happens in a Occupational Therapy Home Visit?

Our Occupational Therapist will carry out an assessment in your place of proposed residence initially taking into account any recent illness or injury. They will ensure that your living space was as safe as possible while enabling you to remain as independent as possible. In addition our therapist will assess you and any current specialised equipment (e.g. chairs, splints) to ascertain if they are suitable to sustain or improve your level of independence.

A detailed report will 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 will often be arranged.

To find out more or to book an Occupational Therapy home visit please phone 01-2137915 or email info@fitforlife.ie

Falls Risk Assessments

 

This type of assessment is normally carried out after an individual has had a fall or multiple falls whereby the exact cause or causes of the falls may be multifactorial. We come to your home, or you visit our Fit For Life clinic (sometimes after a referral) and carry out a comprehensive falls risk assessment. You will complete a battery of tests to identify functional, medical and psychological risk factors.

 

Following our initial assessment we typically would carry out a full assessment of your home highlighting any changes that could be made to reduce the risk of further falls. We go through our findings, giving you time to ask questions to clarify any of the results. A report is provided with recommendations to support you with maintaining your quality of life. You may have new interventions introduced and support pathways are explored and offered to you.

 

Exercise Therapy

 

Fit For Life provide exercise and rehabilitation therapists for those individuals who have been prescribed a home exercise programme but need or want assistance in order to carry it out correctly. Our therapists are also available to come and assess your current ability in carrying out activities of daily living and design and instruct you on the most effective way to increase your physical activity levels.

 

Carer Training

 

We provide extensive training for carers that work looking after their family members and carers employed in public and private healthcare. If you are caring for someone in their own home there are lots of areas we can support you in. With our practical training workshops you will be able to put what you have learned into your day to day practices. This training provides safe yet time efficient methods and strategies for assisting the person you are caring for to maximise their independence and dignity. All this is done while ensuring that both of you are safe and at a reduced risk of injury.

Our team of experts have developed workshops in areas such as:

  • People Manual handling – Bed, chair, bathroom

  • Falls Prevention

  • Safe transfers and mobility

  • Strategies for people with behaviour that is challenging

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