What is Integrated Therapy?
The Integrated Therapy Service is locality based working closely with GP practices and community nursing teams.
The integrated therapy teams are health care professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dietitians.
Aims of the Service
The aim of the service is to offer advice and techniques to enable you to manage your condition; to help prevent un-necessary hospital admission and to support early safe discharge.
We offer a comprehensive assessment so your needs can be identified. You and your Therapist will then set goals to structure the therapy involvement. These goals will be reviewed regularly.
We can help you consider the risks and benefits in any treatment options we suggest and lifestyle choices you make. Together, we can work towards you achieving a more independent and fulfilling life.
Where will you be seen?
Assessments and treatment are carried out in various settings, including:
- Your own home
- Rehabilitation Centres
- Care Homes
- Hospitals and Clinics
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a method of assessing, diagnosing and treating physical problems affecting daily life.
These problems include loss of mobility, falls, pain and loss of function in joints, muscles, breathing and the nervous system.
Physiotherapy uses a range of treatment techniques, aiming to assist recovery and promote independence and self-management.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy provides services to people whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted due to physical illness , injury, developmental problems, the ageing process or mental health.
Our aim is to help you gain and retain the ability to manage activities which have value, meaning and importance in your life.
What is Speech and Language Therapy?
Speech and Language Therapy provides assessment, advice and therapy for people with difficulties in the following areas:
- Swallowing, eating and drinking
- Speech and/or language, understanding, forming and using words, reading and writing
Who are Dietitians?
Dietitians work with people who are unable to eat and drink as much as they need, because of the kind of illness they have.
What can you expect?
- Assessment and rehabilitation of indoor and outdoor mobility
- Provision of walking aids
- Provision of personal exercise programmes
- Management of Long Term Conditions
- Advice on looking after yourself, particularly around washing, dressing, bathing, using the toilet and carrying out household tasks
- Helping you regain independence in activities outside the home, such as shopping, leisure and social groups or getting back to work or education
- Environmental adaptations and assistive equipment
- Reducing your risk of falls
- Helping you to cope with breathlessness or fatigue
- Advice on how to enrich a normal diet
- Advice on nutritional supplements
- Provide support for people on tube feeding
- Advice on safe swallowing techniques
- Communication Therapy Groups
- Assessments and support to implement communication aid use
Blackburn with Darwen patients
For Blackburn with Darwen patients who require Community Physiotherapy only:
Blackburn with Darwen Community Physiotherapy telephone number: 01254 734237
Community Physiotherapy is available Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm excluding Bank Holidays
For Blackburn with Darwen patients who require occupational therapy and physiotherapy in the community as an emergency:
In Blackburn with Darwen there is a Rapid Assessment Team working in the community who provide physiotherapy as part of their multidisciplinary team. Blackburn with Darwen Rapid Assessment Team (RATS) is available daily 8am – 8pm including Bank Holidays.
Blackburn with Darwen Rapid Assessment Team (RATS) via Community Rehabilitation Services Tel: 01254 584539
For Blackburn with Darwen patients who require aids and adaptations:
Please ring Social Services Occupational Therapy (Independent Living Service) on 01254 587 547