Wishing everyone a happy & healthy Christmas and New Year.
Getting Care Right!
We attended a special event on the 17th November at The Royal Spa BNI (Business Networking International) in Tunbridge Wells. The meeting started very early at 6.30am but fortunately breakfast was available! It was aimed specifically at bringing together a large number of local care professionals of which there were in excess of 50 guests as well as the existing 30 BNI members.
We each has the opportunity to provide a short presentation about our businesses allowing us to share our expertise and find out about other care services that are available locally. It was such a useful event because signposting onto other services, to get the best for our clients, is really important. We now have many more local connections and services that we can tap into. You can view a short film about the event here. Can you spot Jane?
Transfer and Seating assessment
Later this month one of our clients is attending this transfer and seating assessment at QEF. This will allow him to be able to be taken out in his own car for the first time since his stroke 2 years ago.
We recently celebrated Older Peoples day with an event at Gloucester House. Jane put on an exciting and interactive talk to a wide range of people who came along to find out how to prevent falls. Jane also gave advice on general fitness and the importance of balance and motivation. There was a great turn out with representatives from Sevenoaks Age UK, All About Home Care, a local care agency, Senior services, Neurological Alliance, and of course the lovely residents and staff. We also had visits from people in the local community, and Sevenoaks District Council. Everyone really enjoyed the event and took away some valuable lessons and you can see from the photos above that Jane really enjoyed helping the community.
Older People’s Day 2016
“The role of physiotherapists in helping older people stay healthy and independent”
Click here to see our gallery from the event.
Neuro Rehabilitation Kent will be joining in this annual event by providing a lively and interactive free talk by Sevenoaks based physiotherapist Jane Cast.
It will include Practical advice and tips on improving your balance
- How to prevent falls
- Getting fitter
- How to stay motivated.
WHEN: Monday October 3rd
WHERE: Gloucester House Nursing Home
Lansdowne Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3XU
Please confirm your attendance:
Phone: Gloucester House Reception 01732 741488
We hope that you've had a relaxing summer and are now looking to make those improvements we all promise ourselves in September. We certainly have been making the most of our time by travelling to Norway, Croatia, France and Santorini. (not all together though!). We are feeling invigorated and ready for some new challenges. The first one is on the 1st October, Older Peoples Day. We will be promoting independence and quality of life for older people For more information, click here. to join Jane for an exciting and interactive event at Gloucester House, please click here.
We all know that prevention is better than cure and now there is a report from NICE that illustrates how Stroke could be prevented in some patients. To read more click here. If you or someone you know have suffered a stroke, please do get in touch to arrange an assessment with one of our Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists.
One of the charities that we often work with is Headway. They are a great organisation that help in so many ways. They are holding a drop in at the Harvester in Riverhead (TN13 2EN) on Wednesday 31st August 10.30-12.30. Please feel free to drop in and find out more about how about information and advice available to those living with acquired brain injury.
We are excited to be taking part in Older Peoples Day. The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year. On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106. To celebrate this day with some of our clients we will be getting involved with what the CSP have on offer, so keep watching to find out more.
We recently attended the annual Neurological Expo. It's always good to see where technology is taking us and how this can be useful for our clients.
For more accessible gait analysis rather than going to a lab I tried a treadmill from Italy that captures your walking pattern on camera , displays this on vertical screen in front of you and give you an analysis at the end all very clever.
Also discovered the Stroke association are now providing "My Stroke Guide" which helps to provide stroke survivors and carers with the knowledge .skills and confidence to change from passive to active participation.
Have a look at it http://mystrokeguide.com/
On our doorstep I meet a very specialised team of wheelchair technicians from RMS based in Sittingbourne
T:01795 477280 who can really help with any specialised adaptations or seating issue with wheelchairs.
We were also introduced to a relatively new orthotic for drop foot for maximising function and comfort with Turbo Med orthotics which may be worth considering if you are not aware of this product yet.
Look out for our forthcoming newsletter to learn more about some of the exciting new equipment we are looking forward to trying out at the forthcoming Neurorehabiliation expo.
Elissa has close links with clients that suffer with Transverse Myelitis and has just had an article published in "The Magazine" published by the Transverse Myelitis Society.
"TM is a rare neurological condition involving inflammation of the central nervous system, specifically the spinal cord. It can be idiopathic or can arise as part of the overall picture in a variety of other conditions. The presence of an inflammatory process means that the acute symptoms can arise gradually over several hours and continue for several weeks. Dependent on the level of the spinal cord affected, symptoms can include pain, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, paralysis and loss of bladder and bowel control. Some patients may experience..." Click here and scroll to pages 18-20 to read the rest of the article.
In our bid to continually "maximise individual potential to promote functional independence and improved quality of life", we realised the importance of trying to gain continuity throughout the clients daily routine. Understanding the role of the care team, which is often involved in the client group we work with, we sought to work more closely with organisations that deliver care packages.
Earlier this year we formed closer links with All About Home Care who provide care packages for people in the Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area. We have spent some time doing some initial training with the care staff to allow them to have a greater understanding of a therapeutic approach to functional tasks. We have explained and practiced how these techniques can be implemented into their daily routine to help work towards more independent living. We can now offer joint therapy and care packages for clients with neurological conditions. Please click here to find out more.
This month Christine, our Occupational Therapist, has been supporting Jane with clients in a nursing home looking at hoisting and seating needs. This involves looking at the best options for moving people, ensuring the both clients and carers needs are met and looking at what equipment and seating are available to maximise comfort and safety. Christine has also been involved in looking at ways to increase engagement in activities for individuals with significant difficulties. This includes thinking of the whole sensory picture, using different smells and textures, music and photos etc to provide a stimulating environment and increase overall cognitive engagement. Another exciting project Christine is involved with is looking at vocational rehabilitation which aims to get individuals back to work whilst managing their neurological difficulties. Updates to follow!
Happy New Year from all at Neuro Rehabilitation Kent. We have all been very busy and looking back over our year can see what great progress has been made for so many of the clients that have been referred to us. It is so rewarding to be able to see that all the small steps we all take lead to significant improvements and greater independence with a more positive attitude to managing their condition.
Elissa and Jane attended a course on Vestibular rehabilitation enhancing their knowledge further about treating and understanding the causes of balance issues. For further information please follow this link. How Neurophysiotherapy can help with balance issues