Rehab Team

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Your questions answered  

What is Occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapists recognise the interaction between you, your environment, and the activities that you want to complete in everyday life. Occupational Therapy promotes independence by taking a ‘whole person approach’ to both mental, emotional, and physical health, enabling you to achieve your full potential. We can do this by:

  • Advising on managing day-to-day tasks.
  • Assessing, goal setting, carrying out rehabilitation plans and discharge planning from Adult Inpatient Unit. Follow up home visits completed as required.
  • Home visits to identify areas of difficulty within your home environment and help identify solutions to make day to day life easier and to enable independence.
  • 1:1 Assessments, within your own home or as an outpatient within our Well-Being Centre. This includes goal setting, treatment plans and equipment provision, supporting you every step of the way.
  • Cognitive assessments to identify areas of concern with processing, sequencing, initiating tasks and memory deficits.
  • Group classes, referred following a 1:1 assessment.

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy within a hospice has multiple purpose. The therapist will listen to your needs and wishes whilst assessing and working with you to help set and achieve realistic goals, whether that be to maximise your independence and improve quality of life or provide you and your loved one’s support and comfort with your life limiting and terminal condition.

Physiotherapists can do this by:

  • 1:1 session – This could be carried out in your room, wellbeing centre gym or even outside.
  • Group classes – You can complete these as an inpatient and continue when/if discharged home as an outpatient.
  • Aquatic Therapy – at Keech we are very fortunate to have access to the hydrotherapy pool and an Aquatic Physiotherapist.
  • Community – As needed.

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatic therapy utilises the properties of water to have a physical effect on your body, assessment and treatment carried out by the aquatic physiotherapist, using the suitably heated hydrotherapy pool at Keech Hospice Care. The aim is to maximise function as many benefits of being in a warm pool: it can improve movement and joint flexibility, improve strength and endurance, relieve pain and muscle spasm, improve circulation, cardiovascular fitness and promote a feeling of well-being.

Not everyone will be appropriate for an aquatic therapy assessment, however if interested please discuss with the Rehab Team.

Can I use this service? 

Anyone in Luton and Bedfordshire with a long-term, palliative condition can now self-refer or chose to be referred to the service as a patient referral by their GP, consultant or specialist nurse.

What symptoms can the service help with?

Palliative rehabilitation can help improve and ease many symptoms including breathlessness, pain, fatigue, reduced mobility and physical activity, low mood, altered body image, loss of identity/role and the lasting effects of treatment.

How can I get to use the service?

If you are a patient or a family member, friend or carer of a patient, you can self-refer. Alternatively, speak to your GP, consultant or specialist nurse and ask to be referred to us as a patient referral.

If you are a GP, consultant or specialist nurse, you should complete a Keech Hospice Care referral form, which can be downloaded here.

What happens once I’m referred?

We contact you directly and arrange a one-to-one appointment to discuss your goals and expectations. This helps our team put together a package of care and support tailored to you and your needs.

What can the service do for me? 

It will give you practical ways to manage your condition so you remain as independent as possible. At the moment, the service offers six groups: Sort walkingLong walkingCrafty gardeners; Stretch and balance; Circuit exercise; and Aquatic therapy. These groups are led by either our Palliative physiotherapist, Palliative occupational therapist or Palliative rehab assistant. Also, if needed you have access to our  Keech Hospice Care’s team – doctors, specialist nurses, therapists and a social workers. The activity groups are intended to get you moving, thinking and socialising in a supportive, safe environment.

Where is the service based?

It’s based at Keech Hospice Care in Luton, although the service organises home visits as necessary – for example, for breathing management.

Keech Hospice Care is in Great Bramingham Lane, just off the A6 on the outskirts of Luton (LU3 3NT).

How long can I use the service for?

As long as you need it. When you no longer require the rehabilitation support offered by the service, we advise you where you can find similar services in the community – for example, with Active Luton.

How much will it cost me?

The service is FREE apart from any costs involved in getting to the groups or to Keech Hospice Care. If there are difficulties with transport, it is possible for us to organise for a volunteer driver to pick you up and take you home.