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Community Rehab Services - Otago | Southern | Te Whatu Ora

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Formerly Southern DHB Community Rehab Services - Otago

The Early Discharge Rehabilitation Service (EDRS) aims to promote intensive rehabilitation within your own home to enable you to be as independent as possible within your community.

EDRS is based in Dunedin Hospital, and provides a community based rehabilitation service to patients in their homes and community setting, in the greater Dunedin area.

Our service is provided by a highly skilled interdisciplinary team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers and  Rehab assistant support staff with access to Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy and Geriatrician support as required. We provide a patient goal-centred focus on encouraging patients to regain and maintain maximum level of function, and allowing them to live independently in their own homes.

Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function.  They review what you need to assist with walking and provide equipment if needed as well as exercises aimed to improve movement, pain, weakness or balance. 

Occupational Therapists are experts in function.  They look at what you do during the day and what might help to achieve things you are struggling with.  They usually see you in your home environment to look at how you manage.

Speech Therapists are experts in problems with speech and communication.  They are also experts in swallowing.

Social Workers provide support for you and your family.  They are able to provide counselling to get through difficult times as well as advice about your rights as a patient.

Nurses in this team are specially trained in conditions affecting older people and may be involved in your follow up to provide practical advice at home and provide feedback to your specialist or GP.

Rehabilitation for you may include:

Assessment: Individual assessments of your everyday activities such as showering, daily household activities and your general mobility and strength.

Goal Setting: Planning goals that are personal to you and will assist to develop an individualised treatment programme to get you back to community living.

Activity and Treatment: Individually tailored therapy sessions to enable you to achieve your potential.

Discharge planning: Education and support for you and your family to help you to be as independent as possible following rehabilitation. Connecting you with applicable agencies who can help you and your family, such as Stroke Foundation, MS Society or Diabetes Society.

Referral Expectations

Referrals are accepted from secondary care and primary care.

Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital

Dunedin - South Otago

201 Great King St

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201 Great King St

Postal Address

Private Bag 1921
Dunedin 9054

This page was last updated at 11:15AM on July 10, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Community Rehab Services - Otago | Southern | Te Whatu Ora.