The overall aim of the rehabilitation service is to assist and support people to continue living at home for as long as possible with independence and dignity. The therapy team consists of a specialist occupational therapist, a specialist physiotherapist and is supported by a generic therapy assistant.

Our service is available Monday to Friday. We are able to assess and provide interventions within a patient’s own home, in out-patient clinics, the day therapy unit and the in-patient unit at Michael Sobell House.

What the rehabilitation service does

Patients will receive an individual assessment of need to identify their priorities and goals, such as

  • Maximising mobility
  • Maximising independence with personal activities of daily living, e.g. washing, dressing and feeding
  • Maximising ability in functional activities, e.g. moving from bed to chair or getting on an off toilet.

We will work towards achieving these goals through a supportive programme of rehabilitation. This can include teaching and advising on exercises, regular practicing of functional tasks and support and advice on adjusting to changes in health and personal circumstances.

Home visits can be carried out as part of the preparation for returning home or preventing admissions in the first place. We are able to advise on adaptation/s that may be necessary, e.g. additional banister rails, changing to ground floor living and ramps. Assistive equipment can also be organised such as walking frames, wheelchairs, toilet and bathing equipment.

Some pieces of equipment and adaptations can be obtained through statutory services and we can assist with this process.

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The physiotherapist and occupational therapist also provides advice, education and support for patients and carers to cope with difficult symptoms. These could include

  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Anxiety

Interventions to address these symptoms include

  • Teaching breathing techniques
  • Teaching energy conservation strategies
  • Education and the use of non-medicinal pain management, e.g. TENS and acupuncture
  • Relaxation and anxiety management techniques

You can contact the rehabilitation team on 020 3826 2403.