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HELPING HAND: Northwood hospice therapist talks about her eight years in the job

 Published on: 19th October 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Bhavini Pandya has been an Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant at the Michael Sobell Hospice in Northwood for almost eight years. Here, she talks about her work:

“With my job, it’s all about empowering the patient and keeping them as independent as possible. We work with our patients rather than doing things for them.

“My role centres around keeping patients safe, looking at exercises to maintain their strength levels, and, if things change, providing alternative ways of being mobile. It’s all about making sure people can be mobile safely and providing whatever support is required to achieve that.

“From an occupational therapy point of view, we are focused on enabling people to continue doing what they could do whilst at home.

“We also do a lot of psychological work and talking therapies, looking at where people’s boundaries are and trying to resolve those by talking about them so they can cope with things better.

“There have been many memorable moments since I started working in this field. For example, I went to see a lady for about eight weeks who was really struggling. She didn’t want to come into a hospice or into hospital.

“However, as I spoke to her and told her of the work that I do and what hospice care was all about, she started to understand that the hospice is not just somewhere people go to die. It is also a place where you can go for respite. When she began to deteriorate and became poorly, eventually, she chose to stay with us at the hospice.

“Physiotherapy and occupational therapy enhance people’s lives. They allow you to maintain independence, overcome boundaries and barriers, and be able to live in an environment that you want to be in. I’m very lucky to be able to do it and I love my work.”

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