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Rehabilitation after illness or injury

Sometimes after sudden illness or injury people find themselves needing help to manage at home, or even having to consider going into permanent residential or nursing home care.

These will be the right choices for many, but we are now able to offer a number of short-term services, either in your home, in a day centre, or in ‘special’ residential care settings, which involve active programmes of rehabilitation to help you regain your independence. Equally some people in residential and nursing home care may decide they are able to manage in their own home again, but need help to make the move.

How rehabilitation programmes can help

Rehabilitation aims to:

  • rebuild your skills and confidence in doing everyday activities
  • teach you new skills to help you manage at home
  • keep you out of hospital, or permanent residential care, unless this really is the right choice for you.

Rehabilitation is about encouraging and helping you to do things for yourself. Specially trained carers work with you under the guidance of an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist. They will give you advice on how to cope with your illness or disability, or provide you with aids and equipment to help you do things more easily. You will all be following a written care plan, which alters as you improve.

Each person’s progress is different and it is difficult to predict how long recovery will take. Each service is for a set period, but this may be extended or another rehabilitation service offered, if that is the best thing to do.

Most of these services are now available throughout the area. For details of where you can get these services please contact us using the details at the top right hand corner of this page.

After assessment by a care manager and an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, your needs are discussed with you and you will be offered the most suitable choice. Once you are happy, you will be given a copy of your care plan.

Some people will not need any further help following rehabilitation, but some might need to have a different programme of rehabilitation, or long-term services to help them stay in their own homes. If ongoing help is needed, a care manager will arrange this for you.

Fit for Health programme

Hackney Council, in partnership with City & Hackney PCT, are now delivering a physical activity scheme to help sufferers of a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).

The Fit 4 Health scheme provides a platform for individuals to improve their quality of life by increasing physical activity levels and promoting wellbeing. The programme has been delivered since April 2010 with referrals from the Homerton TIA unit and Therapy at Home Team, and it has significantly improved clients’ wellbeing with changes evident in a number of areas including weight loss, blood pressure, blood sugar control, strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and happiness.

Find out more about our Fit 4 Health and our after stroke exercise programme

Service providers and partners

To see the many organisations offering advice and help in relation to rehabilitation:

Referrals and accessing the service

Services can be accessed via the access team – adult social care

Page updated on: 17 July 2019

London Borough of Hackney


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