**COVID 19** The last couple of months have been a roller coaster for all of the team, but we are now getting used to the new situation ensuring we can continue to support and treat our clients. As per government guidelines we are continuing to provide both face to face and virtual sessions following individual risk assessment and discussion. Using virtual platforms has proved to be an effective way to support the continuation of individual management programmes for some, allowing clients to maintain structure and focus to their week. We have been so impressed with the resilience and determination of our clients in keeping their physical wellbeing a real priority. Self-management, education programmes and resources available on the internet have been key to ensuring exercises are completed. We must also applaud the vital support being given from family and carers.
We have sourced essential PPE for the team and put guidelines in place to allow us to continue working face to face where appropriate and required.
Feb 2020 We have extended our clinic hours at Springbank Clinic to allow us to see more clients in our dedicated gym space. We now have slots every day except Monday. We are finding the use of photos and videos (taken with consent) is often more helpful for clients than written instructions. It can help them to better see and manage their alignment and postural issues. Jane is heading off to New Zealand for a few weeks to recharge the batteries and see what they do down under !
Jan 2020- A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL ! A change in staffing meant we no longer have admin support to help remind us write up these these updates but that has meant lots of hands on time with our clients as well as training our newest member of staff Paige Beatham. She joins us a physiotherapy assistant to replace Zoe who we are proud to say has taken a job as physiotherapist at the Stroke Unit in Maidstone Hospital.All of Zoe's clients were so sad to see her go and so were we as she was a very well respected staff member of our lovely team. This month we have also started assessing clients with M.S ready to start an exercise class on a Monday this month in Langton Green Village Hall .This is a joint venture between the NHS, the voluntary sector/ The M.S society and our team.Referral is via Geraldine Brand the MS Nurse specialist or a healthcare professional.Get in touch if you are interested. We also run small exercise groups in Sevenoaks at Springbank Clinic on a Tuesday and Thursday if you are wanting to exercise with company. We continue to provide invaluable support to all the residents at Gloucester House Nursing home starting an exercise class later in the month and encouraging residents to be more active helping to reduce their fall risk and providing relevant exercises advice and equipment as required.
September 2019 Having completed a course in the PD Warrior approach for Parkinson's, involving on-line education and a practical workshop, Elissa has started a small group based around this innovative approach. The approach involves an initial assessment, followed by participation in a ten week programme, aimed at integrating positive exercise habits into daily life. The programme aims to reduce some of the negative effects of the condition, build resilience in the central nervous system against further damage and possibly lead to improvements in function previously lost. It centres around ten core exercises but can be modified to provide an individual programme. It is particularly targeted at those with early, recently diagnosed Parkinsosn's. Anyone interested can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
August 2019 It's been a funny Summer with both sunshine and rain, but none of this gets in our way and the team have been working with Mark at The Springbank Clinic to get new signage and improved access for the Hub. We will be running group sessions there again on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Spaces are limited so please get in touch with Elissa or Jane to find out if you can join one
July 2019 Ben Nevis - this month saw an epic journey. Jane has been working closely with Anya, a client and close friend to help Anya achieve a long held ambition. You can read more of Anyas story here but I can say that we are immensely proud of all they have achieved.
April 2019 You may have recently seen a video produced by The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) called Rehab Matters. It highlights the difference in rehabilitation for those that receive specialist help after a stroke. Click here to view more videos showing the benefit of Neuro physiotherapy
March 2019 Elissa & Jane have been busy treating clients, growing the team and as if that wasn't enough, their long term dream of creating a wider reaching Neuro Hub are coming to fruition. With the help and support of many people, such as Lisa Beaumont and The Springbank Clinic, there will soon be greater signposting to resources available to those managing rehabilitation. Currently, group exercises are taking place on a weekly basis. However, places are limited so please get in touch now if you would like to find out more.
February 2019 The team love a new challenge and this year, in support of the Stroke Association, we are pledging to take part in the Resolution Run in March 2019. There are several distances to take part in, 5Km, 10km & 15km. Which one do you think we should do? One amazing woman we know has stepped up to challenges time and time again and our close friend and inspiration is Lisa Beaumont. She is a finalist in the Kent Women in Business awards in the Contribution to the Community category, and we wish her every success. As an ambassador for West Kent Different Strokes, she is a strong and positive voice in the community. To find out more about West Kent area different Strokes group, contact Lisa here.
January 2019 We hope that you had a lovely break and are getting back into the routine and structure that the New Year brings. There has been a great response the the video we posted last year, Rehab Matters. It's vital to the rehabilitation journey to get support to become active. We have been building up to some small, friendly exercise groups in The Hub, that are proving very enjoyable and successful. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more.