The community rehabilitation service sits within the integrated Health and Social care teams. The Community Rehabilitation Service is provided by a multidisciplinary team which can include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, community rehabilitation nurse, community matron and a care of the elderly rehabilitation doctor. They will link with the wider team of community nurses, social services and volunteer agencies as required. The aim of the team is to ensure you remain in control of your health and well-being and retain as much independence as possible.
What support is available?
Each patient is allocated to a lead professional who will co-ordinate your care. You will have an initial assessment with the most appropriate professional to determine what actions need to be taken to improve your situation. Your treatment plan will be developed with involvement from yourself and involve carers and/or family as appropriate. Once your care plan has been agreed you will be seen by other members of the team as appropriate.
The physiotherapist will help you to increase your mobility and ability to do daily activities.
The occupational therapist can offer advice and/or treatment to help you become more independent in your everyday tasks. This may include practising different approaches to tasks and advising on suitable equipment.
The speech and language therapist can assess any communication, memory and/or swallowing problems and offer help with these.
Care of the Elderly Doctor
The doctor may see you for a medical assessment and to arrange diagnostic tests such as X-rays, scans or blood tests.
When might I be referred to the team?
The team is able to provide support to a wide variety of conditions including:
- Mobility and joint problems
- Neurological conditions
- Strokes and other brain injuries
- Continence problems
- Recovery from trauma or surgery
Where can I find more information?
- Calming hand
- Cardiac rehabilitation classes
- Cardiac rehabilitation nurse specialist service
- Cardiac surgery (advice following)
- Enhanced recovery programme (bowel surgery)
- Falls factsheet – for those living in a care setting
- Health and social care community services
- How to look after your compression garment
- How to look after your splint/cast
- Ilfracombe Medical Day Care Unit
- Orthopaedic supported discharge (OSD) service – fractured neck of femur
- Strength and balance group
- Transient ischaemic attack (TIA)