Restoring your independence after an injury or hospital visit
Molly* is an active 81-year-old, who faced a real loss of independence after an injury. Her story is just one example of how we can help people get back on their feet.
Molly led an active life and was living independently when she had a fall while helping her son lay a carpet, fracturing her right arm.
She was devastated and very cross with herself, but was determined to return to doing all the things she loved.
Molly was referred to our short-term restorative program. This intensive program is designed for usually independent people like Molly, who have had been into hospital and wish to regain their independence.
Our specialist care team can assist people to regain - and even boost - their wellbeing and independence - physically, mentally and socially.
Our allied health team consists of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, therapy assistants and care aides who work together to build a program aimed at achieving our client’s goals. For Molly, this was getting back to her usual active life.
Initially she needed help with her personal care to practice how to manage with her broken arm. After just 5 weeks she was able to do this herself using the techniques she had learnt and long-handled aids and equipment. She was delighted!
Molly was particularly keen to get back to her beloved kitchen to bake. With some minor adjustments to her kitchen and equipment, she could create tasty treats once again. As her strength and abilities steadily improved, she was able to master more tasks like grating veggies.
Molly also missed the physical benefits and social aspect of exercising at her aqua-aerobics classes. She’d previously attended these 5 times a week!
With this in mind, we created a personal home exercise program to improve her shoulder function, strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness. When she became stronger, we arranged a visit to her regular pool with her daughter to try out how she felt being in the water.
Molly joined in an aqua-aerobics class on a quiet day. Modifications were given to the exercise routine by her allied health team so that she could participate in the whole class. The sheer joy of seeing Molly among her friends and having fun with her daughter was amazing. Everyone had clearly missed having her bubbly personality and energy around.
By the end of the program Molly had returned to driving and was back at aqua-aerobics 5 times a week.
For more information about our falls prevention services, contact our friendly team today.