Service description

Welcome to the home first and community therapy team. We are an integrated, diverse team of professionals who come with a wide background of experience and skills. We provide advice and support for people with a variety of healthcare conditions.

Examples of care we deliver include

  • Mobility assessments in patients home and in a clinic setting
  • Rehabilitation after a hospital admission or period of illness
  • Prevention of admission to hospital where possible for patients who have deteriorated at home
  • Falls assessments
  • Provision of exercise programs
  • Teaching techniques to improve function and independence
  • Advice regarding self-management

The care and treatment we provide

Assessment and treatments can be delivered to you in your own home (if you are housebound), in an outpatient clinic setting and remotely via phone or video consultation. You may receive care in one or a variety of these ways.

A housebound person is someone that either cannot leave their home at all, or who requires significant assistance to leave the home. This may be due to disability, illness (both physical and mental ill health), extreme frailty, recent surgery, or because they are nearing the end of life. Non housebound people include those who can use a wheelchair without assistance or with minimal support, have access to transport via relatives/friends, or the ability to use community transport or a taxi.

Promoting self-care

We encourage independence where possible and at the point of admission to our service you will be assessed by a clinician in relation to your ability to manage your care independently. With the support of your relatives and carers as needed, we will support you to develop knowledge, skills and confidence to do this. We will discuss and agree a plan of care together and give you a timeframe for your expected discharge.

People in the community therapy team

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Technical instructors
  • Clinical apprentices
  • Student Physiotherapist and Occupational therapists

Referral criteria

This service is for adults registered with a GP in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland who require rehabilitation to support return of their function and wellbeing.

To access our community therapy services you should speak to your GP or any other health or social care professional involved in your care, for example your nurse or social worker. Once a referral is received it will be reviewed by a clinician and allocated to the most appropriate therapy team. At this point you will receive a letter advising you which team will treat you.

Who to contact if you need an interpreter or information about disabled access

Please contact the service when you receive your letter to advise us that you need an interpreter.

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