Where Do Therapists Work Within Palliative Care Hospice Teams?
Occupational Therapists assist patients whose ability to cope with activities of daily living (self-care, work or leisure) have been impaired due to physical, psychological (anxiety) or cognitive (memory or understanding) problems.
Occupational therapy aims to help you and the significant people in your life to:
- Adapt to changes in ability and lifestyle through engagement with activities of purpose and meaning.
- Develop or enhance coping skills through the use of strategies such as anxiety management, fatigue management and other techniques to help adjust to reduced ability.
- Ensure your home environment is suitable for your needs by providing home assessments and equipment as required.
- Participate in activities which are meaningful and rewarding to you.
- Promote a sense of emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing which may adress potential social isolation by engaging with local community and support networks.
Occupational Therapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council
Physiotherapy In Palliative Care
Physiotherapy in palliative care can provide people with a sense of control of their own lives helping them face changes or loss. Physiotherapy aims to: promote comfort, influence pain control, maintain optimum respiratory and circulatory functions, optimise mobility and prevent muscle wasting, optimise independence and function through education and carer participation.
It focuses on supportive treatment regardless of the patient’s prognosis or diagnosis by helping them to achieve their maximum potential of functional ability and independence or gain relief from distressing symptoms.
Physiotherapy aims to:
- Promote comfort & safety.
- Influence pain control.
- Maintain optimum respiratory & circulatory function.
- Assess function, mobility exercise & activity plans.
- Provide appropriate mobility aids.
Physiotherapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council
Complementary therapy can help by the use of aromatherapy products and/or treatments for:
- Skin problems
Complimentary therapy can provide emotional support through the following therapies:
Complimentary therapists are fully qaulified and insured by their regulatory bodies.
Creative Arts and Crafts
Creative activities can be tailored to patients’ individual aims, interests and abilities wherever possible and aim to:
- Provide a wide range of art, craft and media activities.
- Promote active, creative expression.
- Increase confidence, enjoyment and self esteem.
Creative activities may be individually tailored or wider group projects, working alongside the other therapy services available.