Amy’s life is on the up – thanks to therapy

by Ruth Davies

Occupational Therapist, Ruth Davies, is part of the Total Therapy team who have been working with Voyage Care for many years. Ruth gives us an insight into her team and the work they have been doing with a person we support, Amy.

We are a small therapy team and pride ourselves in our skilled interdisciplinary work with a functional focus. We consist of neurological occupational therapy and neurological physiotherapy and provide support within several Voyage Care brain injury services.

Every working day is different as no two individuals are the same – many have different complex needs and requirements. This keeps us on our toes and thinking outside the box.

Our roles mean that we can be involved in anything - from helping people to walk again to supporting people to get into volunteer placements and ultimately returning to employment.

We enjoy working alongside Voyage Care staff - we have been welcomed and integrated as part of the team. The people we support at Voyage Care who have a brain injury keep us motivated, focused and ensure that our skills are fully utilised.

Most recently we have been working to facilitate the smooth transition of an individual on a stroke ward into one of the Voyage Care’s brain injury services. Amy was virtually bed bound in hospital due to her complex moving and handling requirements. She sat out of bed for minimal periods in the day and her life consisted of the hospital ward, TV and visitors.

Amy had little therapy input whilst in hospital. She arrived at one of Voyage Care’s brain injury services in Cheshire during February 2018 and has since made some remarkable gains - thanks to the good work of staff and therapists.

The physiotherapy team and occupational therapy team have supported staff to facilitate good moving and handling practice, in order to improve Amy’s quality of life.

They worked with her so she could get in and out of her bed, go to the toilet and be able to spend time with other people at the service.

Amy now spends long periods out of her bed and goes out in the community with staff on a regular basis - something that she has not been able to do for many months.

We are working towards increasing Amy’s general mobility and working on her trunk, upper and lower limbs. We’re also supporting her to improve her general cognitive processes, hopefully to increase in her functional ability and independence.

Amy’s life has been transformed and the quality of her day has dramatically improved. We are confident that she will continue to progress.