Southern DHB Community Rehab Services - Otago
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Older Person's Health services aim to promote wellness and quality of life to assist older people to age positively.
The Gibson Community Rehabilitation Service 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 multidisciplinary team of Community Geriatrician, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing, Allied Health staff, and assistant support staff. 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.
Geriatricians are specialist doctors who are trained in the conditions that commonly affect older people as well as how the aging body’s needs change with respect to all illnesses.
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. They usually see you at home or in the gym depending on your needs.
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.
Dietitians are experts in nutrition and can give advice about diets to gain or lose weight as well as diets that help with certain illnesses.
Needs Assessors are experts in arranging support for you. They organise funding for help in the home or going to a rest home. They are able to advise you on what sort of help you may qualify for or benefit from.
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.
Referrals are accepted from secondary care and directly from primary care, self and family referrals.
Procedures / Treatments
There are several types of memory problems people can have. If you are referred because of memory concerns it is very helpful to bring along a family member. It is also very important to bring all of your medications with you as these can often affect memory. A full medical… More
This is a condition of gradual loss of memory and other functions of awareness or thinking such as concentration over time. There are several types of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which is due to the same sort of illnesses that cause stroke. More
These are not a natural part of aging. There are many reasons why people fall over and a review of your medical problems and medications may well reveal some reasons for falling that can be fixed. If you have lots of falls, seeing a specialist as well as the physiotherapist… More
A stroke is where the blood supply to an area of the brain is interrupted causing damage to brain cells. This happens either with a clot in the blood vessel or the blood vessel bursting. The effects of a stroke depend on where in the brain, and how big, the… More
Urinary incontinence or a loss of bladder control is the involuntary passage of urine.… More
Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones. Osteoporosis is not painful but it makes your bones more prone to breaking (fracture). Women are more likely than men to suffer from osteoporosis and as you get older you are more likely to have it.… More
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This page was last updated at 1:00PM on August 19, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Community Rehab Services - Otago.