Maintaining wellbeing and independence is a priority at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. With aging, there can be the need to address short or long term health concerns that can impact on wellbeing and independence. This could be anything from the pain of an arthritic knee to the rehabilitation required after the fracture of a hip.

At the Royal Hospital Chelsea there is a therapy service that is available to all Pensioners to tackle these issues in a timely and effective way. The therapy service work in partnership with Central Health Physiotherapy and are based next to the hospital gymnasium. They comprise of a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist and a therapy assistant.

The physiotherapist can assess your mobility problems and ensure you have an appropriate mobility aid if you need one. They can also ensure you maintain your fitness and give you an exercise program to optimise your general health as well as target any problem areas you might have. They can provide you with a gym program and offer you personalised assessments and regular updates to maximise your health and fitness.

The occupational therapist can help you remain independent in your berth for as long as possible by giving you strategies or equipment to keep you doing things for yourself. They can help with anything from how you wash and dress to how you manage your daily routine, like shopping or enjoying your leisure activities.

If you do sustain a serious injury or illness and require a period of rehabilitation, the physiotherapist and the occupational therapist will work together with you to make a goal orientated program to get you back to doing things for yourself again. They will remain with your on your journey of recovery until you have regained as much independence as you are able.

 

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