How we can help
After staying in hospital for a considerable length of time, the thought of returning home can trigger anxiety. It is normal to worry about how you will manage without the support of hospital staff.
But putting extra care and support in place for once you return home will ease your anxieties. Physiotherapy plays a huge part in helping you on a speedy route to recovery.
Physiotherapy can significantly help to reduce the problems associated with the hard transition from hospital to home.
To aid with mobility and help you to regain independence your physiotherapist will:
- Assess your capabilities and plan you a personalised physiotherapy programme to help you reach your goals
- Discuss your lifestyle and advise on how to achieve normality
- Look for any muscle weakness, joint stiffness, or balance issues and work on addressing them
- Assess your abilities to sit, stand, walk, and climb the stairs in your own home
- Review walking aids and check that they are suitable for you
- Suggest weaning you off your walking aids if you are safe to do so
- Advise on any equipment that might help you manage better in your home
- Help you to feel confident about managing your condition with advice and ongoing support
Our top tips to help you progress at home
- Stay as active as you can
- Get fresh air as often as you can, even if it’s in a wheelchair
- Do your physiotherapy exercises daily
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Keep hydrated
- Ensure your pain is controlled with suitable medication
- Wear non-slip shoes
- Consider adaptations in your home to make mobility easier