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. Click here to find out more or to book a home visit. Alternatively, 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 click here or 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

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, joint mobilisations 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.
*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 specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specialises 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 mobilisations; 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!
*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).




Fit For Life Group Exercise Classes


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 as long as 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
Group Exercise Therapy Services Include:
  • Group exercise classes adapted to all levels of capabilities in Nursing Home & Daycare Populations
  • Stand Strong – Balance and Falls prevention classes in the Community & at the Fit for Life Clinic
  • Physical and Cognitive Classes: Suitable for Alzheimer’s and related dementia




Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia: Group & 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 and 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.




Postural Stability & Falls Prevention Assessments


With age, the demands on postural control become challenged and this increases the risk of a fall. No two individuals are the same and this highlights the knowledge that risk is multifactorial. We carry out comprehensive risk assessments to help identify the risks present, and manage the needs of the individual. As therapists we establish our role in working with someone at risk of falls. In Ireland, approximately 250 older people die each year from falls. Three quarters of falls related deaths occur among those aged over 65.
We carry out multifactorial risk assessments, analyse and discuss the results, design and assist you to implement an individual home exercise programme. We may refer onto another healthcare professional to support the comprehensive risk assessment if appropriate. These assessments are carried out in our Fit For Life Clinic, and/or in your home.




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 and increased patient participation 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.





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