Care at home
Services that Euroa Health offer include:
Services that keep you safe and healthy
Allied health and therapy services e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and exercise physiology.
Services that keep you safe in my home
Home modifications that include changes to your home to improve safety and access e.g. ramps and rails. Also Goods, equipment, and assistive technology that include items to help you get around or adapt e.g., walking frame, shower chair.
Services that keep you connected with my community.
Euroa Health offers ‘Transport Community’; transport to activities around Euroa. Social support is also available, offering company with others through social groups. Other options available at Euroa Health include:
- Physiotherapy services
- Falls and balance programs
- Occupational therapy programs
- Exercise physiology
- Social inclusion programs
- Men’s programs
- Water base exercise programs
What is an Exercise Physiologist?
Exercise Physiologist (EP) are university qualified allied health professionals (4 years) equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to design, deliver and evaluate safe and effective exercise interventions for people with acute, sub-acute or chronic medical conditions, injuries or disabilities. Exercise Physiologists can assist with conditions/illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, neurological conditions, injuries, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, cancers, respiratory diseases and mental health.
How regular exercise can benefit you:
- Improves your heart and lung health, posture, muscle and bone strength
- Improves your balance and mobility and prevents falls
- Improves your mental health, your memory, your sleep and energy levels
- Controls your blood pressure and diabetes
- Improves your recovery following cancer treatment
- Helps to manage osteoarthritis and osteoporosis
- Helps with to improve recovery from joint replacement surgeries
What services do we provide?
At Euroa Health we can provide exercise based rehabilitation either in our community gym, through home visits or through a home based exercise program. In our gym which is located in the hospital, we provide both one on one sessions or group sessions. Each client is assessed by one of our exercise physiologists and is prescribed an exercise program that is tailored to their needs, their goals and their conditions/injuries.
Our exercise physiologist’s also runs weekly group community exercise programs at the Euroa Third Age Club and a Warm Water Exercise program in Benalla.
How to access Exercise Physiologist
A referral must come via My Aged Care or from a GP.
Enquiries directly to the Exercise Physiologist on (03) 5795 0212.
Available Monday- Friday (8.30am-4.30pm).
Location Euroa Health Gym (access via Weir Street Euroa).
The body changes as part of the ageing process and Physiotherapy can help reduce the impact of these changes and if you are experiencing issues with pain or movement.
The goal of Physiotherapy is to help increase your mobility, flexibility, balance, strength, reduce your pain and improve your quality of life.
What does a Physiotherapist do?
Our Physiotherapist will assess your problem areas identified firstly through discussion with you and then by physically assessing you. They will then treat you as appropriate for your condition using a variety of techniques including:
- Joint mobilisation
- Exercise prescription (working in conjunction with the Exercise Physiologist at Euroa Health Inc)
What conditions do Physiotherapists treat?
Physiotherapists can treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Muscular pain
- Due to ageing
- Due to accident or injury
- Spinal or other joint pain
- Recovery after fracture (broken bones)
- Rehabilitation after joint replacements or other surgery
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s Disease
Eligibility for Physiotherapy at Euroa Health.
All referrals must come through My Aged Care, if you need assistance please ask your medical practitioner or phone Mac on 1800 200 422
Warm Water Exercises
Warm water exercise is gentle and progressive exercise performed in the water and sessions are led by an Exercise Physiologist or a Volunteer trained by the Arthritis Foundation.
You will have an assessment with the Exercise Physiologist before starting the program to determine appropriate warm water exercises for your health and conditions. In the water you can work at your own pace to gradually improve joint mobility, muscle strength, general health and fitness.
Before the Warm Water Exercise Session...
- bring your own swimming costume or shorts and t-shirt and towel
- bring rubber thongs or swimming shoes to prevent slipping
- shower before entering the pool
- have something to eat and drink about one hour before the session starts (not tea/coffee)
- take essential medication as usual
- bring any medication to the pool and leave it poolside make sure that it is clearly labelled
At the swimming pool...
- take a plastic water bottle with you and take time to have a drink during the session
- only stay in the pool as long as you feel able
- tell the group leader straight away if you feel unwell, dizzy, faint or short of breath at anytime
- remember to always work within your limits.
After the Pool Session and before you leave the swimming pool to go home...
- shower wearing your rubber thongs/swimming shoes at all times
- drink water
When you get home...
- you may feel tired, so do not plan to do heavy work or physical activity set aside 20-30 minutes for a rest to remain indoors to allow your body temperature to return to normal
- drink 2-3 glasses of water
REMEMBER you should not enter the swimming pool if...
- you feel unwell
- you have a high temperature
- you have been drinking alcohol
- you have an open or infected wound
- your blood pressure is not well controlled
- you have an infection such as a cold/flu/thrush/tinea, ear or urinary tract infection
During these times we ask that if you have any sign of COVID you do not attend swimming sessions.
AND if you are not sure, please ask or for further advice about water exercise classes, please contact your Primary Care Practitioner.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others, working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events. Occupational therapists call these things “occupations”. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life.
Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession that involves ongoing assessments to understand what occupations are important to you, any current issues you may have in doing them, and understanding your goals. Occupational therapists will then work on any or all of the following to ensure you can participate in the occupations you need and want to do – enhancing your own personal life skills, adjusting the environment you do your occupations in, and adjusting the occupation itself.
Occupational therapists also help people to manage and live with long-term (chronic) health conditions, like arthritis, diabetes, and cancer to name a few. Occupational therapists are experts in the relationships between what people do and their health and well-being, and work with people to help make every day living easier.
What services do we provide?
We offer a comprehensive home-based assessment service with a view to maximizing a client’s safety, independence and capacity to manage their daily activities at home and in the community.
What specifically can our Occupational Therapist assist with?
- Home modifications (e.g.: grab rails, ramps, bathroom modifications).
- Prescribing assistive equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, lift recliners, showering and bathing equipment, daily living aids, personal alarms).
- Daily living skills.
- Falls prevention.
- Personal alarms access.
We can also assist with obtaining Government funding/assistance/subsidies if eligible.