We pride ourselves on being able to provide a completely bespoke level of care to the families we support – focusing not just on the medial needs of a child but the holistic needs as well.
The complex conditions of many of the children we support mean movement can be difficult, restricted and painful.
Ginny, our new Physiotherapist explains more about her role and the importance of movement to the children we support.
“Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person approach to health and wellbeing,” explains Ginny, who joined Shooting Star Children’s Hospices in February this year.
“As a physiotherapist in a hospice setting, I provide holistic care and support to children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. I started at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices earlier this year so I’m enjoying meeting the team and getting to know the children and young people who stay at the hospice.
“In the first instance it’s important to contact the children’s community and school physiotherapists to ensure that we have up to date physiotherapy programmes that can be carried out in-house.
“Physiotherapy sessions with the children may involve carrying out chest physiotherapy as part of a child’s respiratory management, carrying out a range of movement exercises and giving advice on using equipment. We may look at 24-hour postural management and positioning, which is important for children who cannot change their position on their own.
“I have delivered physiotherapy sessions to children at the hospice who are in for respite care all around the hospice, including the sensory room, art room and bedrooms and I hope to be able to get out into the garden for sessions as the weather improves. The best thing about working at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices is having dedicated time to spend with the children and not to have to rush.
“We do sessions in the hydrotherapy pool – with exercises in the water. Recently Oscar and I spent some time in the pool, where he worked on stretching his arms out and relaxing in the specially heated water. In the pool, the warmth of the water helps to relax tight muscles, reduce painful joints, allow more movement, improve circulation, improve self-confidence and provides a relaxing sensory experience for the child and is fun! (For the physiotherapist as well as the child!)
“A physiotherapy session may include passive movements to arms and legs, changes of position for example, sitting on a bench to work back muscles, lying prone (on their tummy) to stretch the trunk or just lying on a mat to work on getting eye contact.
“Children and young people with movement difficulties benefit from having a regular change of position and their arms and legs moved to prevent their joints and muscles getting stiff.
“I’m really looking forward to working with more children, and supporting families in the future as restrictions begin to relax.”
Find out more about how we are continuing to help support families both in the hospice and virtually with our Virtual Hospice. You can help us continue to provide this vital care with an online donation or how about taking part in one of our events, like the Sunrise Walks.