Physiotherapy in palliative care aims to achieve the best quality of life for both patients and their family/whanau.
Physiotherapy helps our patients to maintain their independence and safety. The Hospice’s physiotherapist may also work with family and carers about the ways they can best support their loved ones with physical movement.
Our physiotherapist works closely with other health specialists at the Hospice and patients may also been seen in their own homes.
Physiotherapy can offer a wide range of interventions to assist patients in their goals. Some of the ways it may help are:
- provide a mobility assessment
- provide mobility aids such as walking sticks, crutches and frames
- establish an exercise programme to maintain function and independence
- treat joint mobility problems
- treat weakness and paralysis caused by brain and spinal tumours
- teach techniques to help control certain types of breathlessness and clear secretions
- offer acupuncture/acupressure to help with symptom management such as nausea and vomiting, constipation, breathlessness and pain
- assist with the management of lymphoedema and oedema. This may include compression bandaging, assisting with garments and teaching patients and family specialised massage, exercises, and skin care.
Our physiotherapist is also involved in education. This may include training staff, patients and carers /whanau with the moving and handling of patients, and the use of specialised equipment such as a hoist.