Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy

The Occupational Therapist (OT) and Physiotherapist (PT/Physio) work as part of the multi-disciplinary specialist Palliative Care team, based at Florence Nightingale Hospice. They also work in close liaison with Community Nurses, GP Practices, community therapy services and other care agencies.

Treatments/interventions are provided within the Hospice In-Patient Unit, at Out-patient appointments, the Day Hospice and also in the home. Click on the headings below to find out more about the therapies they provide.

Palliative Rehabilitation aims to improve the quality of life of the person; wherever they are in their disease process. This may include helping manage or ease symptoms, enabling independence and maintaining dignity. An individualised, holistic approach, adaptable and flexible to the patient's and loved ones’ changing needs, is designed to support realistic personal goals.
Occupational Therapy will involve assessment of activities of daily living, and functional ability, eg washing, dressing, domestic chores etc. The provision of equipment and appropriate advice, eg adapting or demonstrating alternative ways to do activities, can enable the person to maintain independence in their own home. OT interventions aim also to facilitate comfort and safety for the patient and their carers.
Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to help, maintain and support holistic body and mind wellbeing. The Physio can offer help with symptom management (eg pain, breathlessness); address muscle weakness, fatigue and mobility issues; and aims to maximise quality of life. Many different methods may be offered, including therapeutic exercise; breathing techniques; relaxation; positioning/movement advice; acupuncture or electrotherapy; soft-tissue work; provision of walking aids or joint supports etc.

Complementary Therapies

Complementary therapies can be received in most places around the Hospice and Day Hospice. We also have a special relaxation room which is available for all patients to use.

The following therapies are all provided by qualified volunteers, who freely give up their time to deliver this service.

  • Massage – this is a ‘hands-on’ treatment to help reduce tension.
  • Aromatherapy – using a blend of oils which is gently massaged over different parts of the body.
  • Reiki – a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
  • Reflexology – a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body.
  • Hairdressing – can provide trims, cuts, blow-dries and perms. Men’s beards can also be trimmed.
  • Beauty therapy – facials, hand massage and manicures can be arranged, encouraging a feeling of well-being and elevating self-esteem.
  • Relaxation – a gentle way to help reduce worries, anxieties, pain and discomfort.