We all know that as we age, taking care of our bodies becomes increasingly important.
Physiotherapy is one of the most effective ways to help maintain our physical and mental health; more specifically, it can play a key role in improving mobility, managing pain, and boosting overall well-being.
But how do you find the right physiotherapist who truly understands your needs?
In this article, we walk you through what to look for when choosing a physiotherapist, ensuring you get the best care possible.
Qualifications and Experience:
- First things first, you want to ensure your physiotherapist has the right qualifications and experience. Look for someone registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Australian Physiotherapy Board. This means they’ve met the necessary education and training standards. It’s also a good idea to find a physiotherapist who specialises in seniors. They’ll have the expertise needed to understand the unique challenges that seniors face.
Range of Services:
- Make sure the physiotherapist you choose offers a wide range of services tailored to seniors. They should address specific conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, or post-surgical rehabilitation. But it’s not just about treating conditions; they should also focus on promoting overall mobility, balance, and falls prevention. A holistic approach that includes exercises, manual therapy, pain management techniques, and education on self-care is what you’re looking for.
Personalised Care and Communication:
- You’re a unique individual, and your physiotherapist should treat you as such. Find someone who listens attentively, communicates effectively, and involves you in the decision-making process. A good physio will take the time to understand your medical history, conduct a thorough assessment, and develop a treatment and goal plan just for you. They should explain everything in plain English, so you know what’s happening and can ask questions along the way.
- Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Look for a physio who collaborates with other healthcare professionals and is happy to work with and communicate with others involved in your care such as geriatricians, orthopaedic surgeons, and occupational therapists. Such collaboration ensures that all aspects of your health are considered, leading to better overall care and treatment outcomes.
Availability and Flexibility:
- We all have busy lives, and scheduling appointments can be a hassle. That’s why it’s important to find a physiotherapist who’s mostly available when you need them. Are they open to accommodating your specific needs and other services you have in place like shopping or personal care? Choose a physiotherapist who can work with your schedule and make your life easier.
Feedback and Reviews:
- Before making a final decision, it’s always helpful to do a little research. Check out online platforms like Google reviews or testimonials on their websites to see what other clients say. Pay attention to feedback related to seniors’ care, professionalism, and treatment effectiveness. Positive reviews can give you peace of mind, while negative ones may indicate a need to explore other options.
Accessibility and Location:
- Convenience is key! When choosing a physiotherapist, consider the location of their clinic. Is it easy to get to by public transport? Does it have parking available? Look for a clinic that’s close to your home or community. You want to ensure those regular appointments as easy and stress-free as possible.
- An alternative option to consider is a mobile community physiotherapist who comes to you. Instead of travelling to a clinic, community professionals provide physiotherapy services in the comfort of your own home. Mobile physiotherapy is a fantastic choice for seniors who may have difficulty with transportation or mobility challenges.
Here are some key benefits of using a come-to-you mobile physiotherapy service:
- Convenience: By choosing a mobile physiotherapist, you eliminate the need to travel to a clinic, saving you time and energy.
- Comfort: Being treated in your own home allows you to feel more relaxed and at ease during the sessions.
- Personalised Attention: Mobile physiotherapists typically have fewer patients, allowing them to dedicate more time and attention to your specific needs.
- Home Environment Assessment: A mobile physiotherapist can assess your living space and provide recommendations for modifications or equipment that can improve safety and mobility.
- Independence and Confidence: Mobile physiotherapy empowers you to receive the care you need without relying on others for transportation or assistance.
Now that you know what to look for in a physiotherapist, you’re ready to find the perfect match!
Remember: qualifications, experience, accessibility, personalised care, collaboration, availability, and feedback are all important factors to consider. And don’t forget, if you’re looking for ultimate convenience and personalised attention, a mobile community physiotherapist who comes to you might be the ideal choice.
Take care of your body and enjoy being mobile, safe and happy!
(Article written by Nancy Klinko, TPC Physiotherapist)