Allied Healthcare Therapies

Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Physical Therapy
Exercise and Rehabilitation Therapy
Fit For Life - Group Exercise Therapy
Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia – Group and Individual Exercise Therapy
Postural Stability and Falls Prevention
Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy
Massage Therapy

 

Fit For Life Therapists

A Fit For Life therapist will be a member of the multidisciplinary team that has reached Fit For Life accredited therapist status and has met the exacting standards set by Fit For Life.

They will have successfully completed all Fit For Life specialised training courses in areas including;

  • Age related physiotherapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Exercise therapy for the older adults
  • Falls prevention
  • Advanced people manual handling

All of our therapist are full practicing members of their respective Irish healthcare associations.

 

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy involves evaluating, diagnosing and treating a range of injuries, disorders and disabilities in order to optimise the person’s mobility and functional capacity.

Our chartered physiotherapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners specialising in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and cardiac conditions. They provide a broad range of assessment and therapy services specifically developed for the older adult population.


Physiotherapy Services Include;

  • ½ Day Physiotherapy Services (Nursing Homes) – 3-4hrs
  • Extended Physiotherapy Service (Nursing Homes) – More than 4 hrs per week
  • Private Physiotherapy (Nursing Homes/Fit For Life Clinic)
  • Physiotherapy Residential Home Visits –

(See Independent living services page 29)

*All of these services are carried out by Chartered Physiotherapists, members of the I.S.C.P.

 

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy is designed to promote health, prevent injury or disability and develops, improves or sustains an individual’s level of independence.

The most common referrals for our OT services include

  • Seating and pressure relief
  • Positioning and the prevention of contractures
  • Assisting activities of daily living(ADL’s) e.g. showering, eating, correct use of aids
  • Recommendations for environmental changes to assist ADL’s

Occupational Therapy Services Include:

  • ½ Day Occupational Therapy Services (Nursing Homes) – 4hrs
  • Extended Occupational Therapy Services (Nursing Homes) – More than 4 hrs per week
  • Private Occupational Therapy (Nursing Homes/Fit For Life Clinic)
  • Occupational Therapy residential home visits –(See Independent Living services page 30)
  • Falls Risk Assessments

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a healthcare profession which involves the treatment or management of pain, disability and impaired movement by means of massage, myofascial techniques, joints mobilisations and exercise therapy.

Our Physical Therapists are graduate level healthcare practitioners, who work to restore full normal movement and to reduce or eliminate pain resulting from injury, infirmity and from medical conditions.    

Exercise and Rehabilitation Therapy

An Athletic Rehabilitation Therapist is a graduate level healthcare practitioner specialising in musculoskeletal management, exercise based rehabilitation and fitness. This therapist specialises in evidence based assessment, treatment and advanced rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Fit For Life - Group Exercise Therapy

Fit For Life have been delivering researched based group exercise therapy since 2001. Group exercise has been extensively researched and is highly recommended as an ideal form of physical activity especially for the older adult. Fit For Life’s experience and expertise has led to the development of successful exercise intervention for older adults at all levels of physical ability. We deliver progressive, innovative and fun group exercise classes for older adults ensuring that benefits are gained by all who participate in our programmes.

The benefits of physical activity include staying independent as long as possible. We all know the importance of independence and we work with people as this becomes more challenging. We ensure that individuals achieve their own potential, providing support with personal goals, and best practice interventions to achieve these goals.

A Fit For Life group exercise class will be;

  • Researched, designed and developed from years of experience and expertise
  • Measured – individual assessments are made prior, during and post 12 weeks block classes to measure progress
  • Able to cater for specific populations and medical conditions and for participants of different levels of ability or fitness
  • Fun, social, innovative and easily tailored to all participants
  • Delivered by a certified Fit For Life trainer

Group Exercise Therapy Services Include:

  • Groups adapted to all levels of capabilities – Nursing Home/Day-care Populations
  • Stand Strong – Balance and Falls prevention classes – Community/ Fit for Life Clinic
  • Physical and Cognitive Classes- Suitable for Alzheimer’s and related dementia
     

We have developed programmes that are suitable for varying levels of cognitive impairment. Our aims and goals improve physical function, reducing the risk of falls and improving mood and levels of agitation. We introduce equipment with our programmes that have very positive results with this population, creating socially engaging environments, and positive stimulation.

We introduce programmes that combine endurance exercise, functional exercise and social games. What is important is that our therapists know the clients and provide meaningful activities that ensure a person centered intervention. Thus providing a specific session to the client’s needs and abilities.

Using this approach and having flexible programmes that can be adapted when required our therapists have the experience and know how to consistently deliver effective and engaging programmes.

 

Postural Stability and Falls Prevention

With age the demands on postural control become challenged and this increases the risk of a fall. No two individuals are the same and this highlights the knowledge that risk is multifactorial. We carry out comprehensive risk assessments to help identify the risks present, and manage the needs of the individual. As therapists we establish our role in working with someone at risk of falls. In Ireland, approximately 250 older people die each year from falls. Three quarters of falls related deaths occur among those aged over 65.

We carry out multifactorial risk assessments, go through the results and design a home exercise programme. We may refer onto another healthcare professional to support the comprehensive risk assessment.

These assessments are carried out in our Fit For Life Clinic, and can also be done in the place of residence.

 

Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

The Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a specific treatment aimed at encouraging the natural drainage of lymph fluid around the body back into the circulatory system. It is a very gentle but precise therapeutic technique working at skin level to promote the normal activity of lymph vessels.

MLD can also be used in the care of patients with conditions such as venous stasis ulceration, wounds, scar tissue, burns, traumatic oedema, dermatological indications such as rosacea and orthopaedic indications such as adhesive capsulitis, arthritic conditions, acute whiplash and migraines.

CDT is Combined Decongestive Therapy and is the treatment of choice for lymphoedema, either primary or secondary. There are 4 main elements to the treatment: Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression therapy, skin-care and exercise. Initially, it involves frequent visits with a doctor’s/consultant’s prescription. Once the lymphoedema is reduced, the maintenance phase will involve less treatment sessions but increased patient participation is required for on-going care. CDT is generally effective. It is not a ‘cure’ in itself but helps to manage the condition and prevents further complications.


 

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Relaxation Massage is a type of massage and is primarily restricted to hands, arms and feet. It is particularly effective in reducing anxiety in dementia related disorders. This type of massage is ideal for older adults and in particular can be very soothing for those individuals with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Swedish Massage relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility. This is suitable and beneficial for all ages.