FAQs – The Physio Co
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A ‘typical day’ at TPC might involve a combination of treating clients within their own homes, running group exercise classes within a retirement village, developing individualised treatment plans, liaising with care managers and / or families and travelling between clients within your specific region.
You were right to have this assumption, but a few things have changed.
At TPC we are always looking to ‘find a better way’ and we want to help as many Australian seniors to stay mobile, safe and happy. We have moved from Aged Care specific work, and helping more seniors to smash their meaningful health goals by providing individualised goal plans, anywhere our seniors call home.
We still visit senior clients in aged care homes, but we are also helping thousands more seniors to live the life they have been striving for.
We see clients for tailored physiotherapy wherever they call home. This may be in a residential home, retirement village, aged care home or even online. Wherever a client lives, we will go 🙂
No. We visit Aged Care homes to see specific clients who require specialised Physiotherapy to achieve their goals. You may only see one client within the home. We aren’t the Physio that are based at the home who complete the Chronic Pain Management Program or complete facility work.
You’ll definitely lose some skills…there’s not a lot of sports injuries when working with seniors (although those bowls games can get pretty intense!), but you’ll develop your skills in managing more complex health conditions. You’ll need to use your clinical reasoning skills to navigate the complications that having a cognitive deficit has on recovery from a fractured NOF, or managing acute complications on top of underlying chronic illnesses. You’ll see cardio, neuro and musc issues…sometimes all in the same client. And your listening skills will definitely improve.
This all depends on the amount of days you work and the needs within the area you have applied for. Each appointment includes time for treatment, travel between clients and administration tasks (notes, liaison letters etc) therefore you don’t need to worry about not having time to complete everything you need to successfully treat and get to your client.
We aim for our physios to work as close to home as possible.
Just like when working with the general population there is a large variety in abilities when working with seniors. We focus on what is important to our clients and set our goals around this, whether it’s something they are currently doing that they would like to maintain, or it’s something they are striving for, if it’s important to our clients, it’s important to us! It may seem like a small thing to us, but to our seniors the ability to maintain their independence in toileting or washing their own hair is massive. That being said, we also have some amazing stories in which our seniors have been told they could not walk again and after extensive physio, can walk around their retirement village with their grandchildren. This is what makes working with seniors so rewarding!
If you’d like to gain a better insight into some of the goals our clients have achieved, check out our articles tab to see our seniors in action right here.
Not at all. We ensure we set all our physiotherapists up for success in their career by providing them with adequate training which includes a welcome day in their honour as well as a two week period of shadowing time with an experienced physio to learn the ropes whilst providing numerous PD sessions throughout the year.
As long as you have a passion to help seniors to smash their goals, that is a wonderful start!
Of course. We ensure you have the right tools to be a great TPCer and an effective physio in the community. You have a welcome day at the Support office (which includes a delicious lunch in your honour) and then two weeks of shadowing time with an experienced physio learning all about TPC life. During this time, you will also have equipment and manual handling training. But the learning doesn’t stop there as we offer 5 Learning events per year and subsidy for any external training you would like to do, as long as it is senior and physio specific. The learning never stops!
It is mandatory that you hold a valid Australian Drivers licence and own a car to ensure you can get between clients during the day.
Yes! It’s important that your First Aid and CPR trainings are up to date. We are often visiting clients on our own within the community, so it’s important we are prepared.
One of the many benefits of working for The Physio Co is our flexibility. We have TPCers who work 1 day to a full week. You let us know what you want to work.
We have many clinical and non-clinical roles to progress through depending on your passions and abilities. You can progress to a senior team member, Team Leader or Successor, or even a Roving Team Leader. We’re a growing company and there are plenty of opportunities to progress your career.
Our working days are from 8-5pm, Monday to Friday. No weekends!
We offer many benefits at The Physio Co. Here are just a few:
- A varied caseload that can includes working with community clients in aged care, retirement in-home care and online.
- Flexibility with rosters-we fit into your life!
- Lots of clinical and non-clinical support
- Many opportunities to progress your career
- An amazing team culture. In fact Australia’s #1 Best Place to Work 2014
- We recognise our employees for the amazing work they do and every quarter they go in the running for our Most valued person awards (MVP)
- We love to socialise, and have social reps for each area who get together once a month. We also celebrate in style with our Birthday Party, Christmas party and SWARM conference
- We’ll also pay for your professional indemnity insurance
Check out our Painted Picture! It is a snapshot into the future of The Physio Co.