Community Rehabilitation

 

The team works with people who require rehabilitation at home.

A variety of professionals will aim to help people manage their health and wellbeing, usually following illness or injury. Our aim is to support people to improve their quality of life, safety and independence. This may be through individual or group sessions.

The service is available to adults over the age of 18 years who are registered with an Exeter GP. You can be referred by your GP, or by other health or social care staff.

More on what we do

We work with a ‘strength-based approach’. This means we can assess what someone is able to do and understand what is important to them. We will work with people to make full use of their abilities and resources around them to help identify the advice and support individual’s needs.

Find out more about the strength-based approach.

  • We carry out an assessment of a person’s individual needs, agree personalised goals, and a plan. This may involve support workers or other people to help you achieve your goals.
  • We may provide advice, education and information on your condition.
  • We may advise on strategies and techniques to help achieve daily tasks and encourage self-management and build confidence.
  • We can offer advice on equipment and home adaptations, such as grab rails and walking aids. We provide information as to where you may source equipment.
  • We offer advice and support for carers and families.

Strength and Balance Groups

Following assessment it may be appropriate to offer a balance exercise group. This involves participating with other people in a programme consisting of strength and balance exercises. This is supervised by the therapy staff.

Here is a useful falls information link: www.nhs.uk/conditions/falls

Our team

Physiotherapists who assess people’s physical well-being. This may include; movement, balance, strength and flexibility. They may provide a treatment programme and advice to improve individual’s independence.

Occupational therapists who assess and provide advice and treatment to help people manage daily activities as independently as possible.

Rehabilitation nurse who specialises in falls prevention and promotion of health and wellbeing.  This may include; blood pressure monitoring, discussing medication, and health education.

Therapy support workers who work closely with the Therapists to help people complete their treatment programme.

Consultant physicians who run outpatient clinics to assess and treat people with unexplained falls.

Administration staff who provide clerical support for the team and are often the person that will take your call and book appointments.

We work closely with: speech and language therapists; specialist nurses; RD&E acute and community hospitals; GPs; community nurses and matrons; social care; voluntary sector; and private care agencies.

Where to find us

Exeter Whipton Hospital, Hospital Ln, Exeter EX1 3RB

Budlake Centre

More information about Exeter Whipton Hospital, also known as Exeter Community Hospital, is available under 'Our sites'.

Contact us

You can contact the team on 01392 208342 or rde-tr.whiptonreablement@nhs.net.

Our office hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

Supporting you

Memory Cafes
For details of Memory Cafes in Exeter, refer to exeterdementia.org.uk/local-support/memory-cafe/

Currently these are held:

  • St James: 2nd Thursday of the month
  • St Thomas: 3rd Monday of the month
  • Starcross: 1st Tuesday of the month

Parkinson’s Disease Groups
For details of local groups for support and advice, refer to localsupport.parkinsons.org.uk

Stroke Association Groups
For details of local groups for support, advice and even singing, refer to www.stroke.org.uk

Equipment

We can offer advice on equipment and home adaptations, such as grab rails and walking aids.

The following information may be useful: www.equipmentadvicedevon.org.uk

There is an interactive web site that offers information about technology and other aids in the home. It can be found on www.hft.org.uk/smarthouse.

Independent Living Centre
The Independent Living Centre (ILC) offers a free and impartial assessment and information service to anyone in Devon looking for equipment to help them to live independently.

Their web site includes “Before You Buy” guides which provide information about common items

  • Address: Devon House, Brunel Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4PB
  • Tel: 01392 380181
  • Website: www.devon.gov.uk/ilc

Devon equipment suppliers and services
Please follow this link: www.devon.gov.uk/ilc/devon-equipment-suppliers-and-services

Equipment Hire
Wheelchairs can be hired from:

Red Cross at Bradbury House Apple Lane Exeter EX2 7HA
Phone : 01392 353 297

Exeter Community Transport Association at 8 Palace Gate, Exeter EX1 1JA
Phone: 01392 494001

Trading Standard Approved Businesses/Services
This includes; handymen, plumbers, painters for example. The link is: www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk.

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