Allied Health magic: The benefits of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatrists in Home Care - Juniper

Allied Health magic: The benefits of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatrists in Home Care

Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Podiatrists (Allied Health) can make a world of difference for Home Care customers. They can weave their magic in many ways, like maintaining strength and balance; managing pains and aches; helping reduce falls; and putting strategies and aids in place to keep you safe at home.

At Juniper, our in-house Allied Health staff can be covered by either your Home Care Package or Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

To get a better understanding on how our Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Podiatrists may be able to support you at home, we’ve answered a couple of questions we get asked.

Benefits of a Physiotherapist for Home Care

A Home Care physiotherapist can improve or maintain your physical abilities through exercises and hands-on therapy so you can remain living at home safely.

  • Improve or maintain your strength, balance and stamina so that you can carry on with the activities that you enjoy doing.
  • Manage your pains and aches to help you continue to enjoy the activities that you do.
  • Advise and provide exercises to help you reduce any falls or near misses that you may have experienced.
  • Physiotherapy can be one-on-one or group-based exercises that not only improve strength, balance and stamina, but are also a great place to get chatting and make friends.

Benefits of an Occupational Therapist for Home Care

A Home Care Occupational Therapist can maintain and improve your independence living in the community safely in many different ways, such as the prescription of Assistive Technology, seating, pressure care and home modifications.

  • Assess your home environment and recommend changes so that it optimised for you to carry on with your daily activities safely.
  • Advise and assist with putting strategies in place to reduce any falls or near misses that you may have experienced.
  • Help you choose the best seating option for your posture, comfort and body shape but also to optimise pressure care so you don’t develop pressure injuries.
  • Assist with home modifications to make access and moving around safer and easier.
  • Recommend certain equipment to make your life easier and safer.

Benefits of a Podiatrist for Home Care customers

A Home Care Podiatrist can assess, treat and prevent foot disorders.

  • General foot assessment to spot and issues and see where they can help.
  • Diabetic foot assessment, including testing your sensation.
  • Advise and provide regular nail care and general foot care.
  • Recommend footwear for issues, such as swollen feet or needing more supportive shoes to reduce falls.
  • Look after foot wounds.

So, how are you to know if you will benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, occupational therapist or podiatrist?

That’s what our team is here for. Your Juniper Client Care Advisor will work with you to create a Personal Care Plan so you receive the right services to achieve your goals.

That might mean you want to be able to walk down the street to the park. That means a physiotherapist might be right for you to work on strength, stamina and balance so you are able and confident to make that park trip.

Or maybe you want to be able to catch the bus to get to your favourite activity but the step onto the bus is too daunting? Our physiotherapist can work on strength and balance, our occupational therapist can help find the right aids and our podiatrist can recommend on which footwear would be best to provide you with support and stability whilst you are out.