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.
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.