Community Rehabilitation Services
Our Community Rehabilitation Services (CRS) are programs designed to help you improve your functional abilities.
You may work one-on-one with members of our CRS team at home or within a group at Latrobe Regional Hospital or one of its clinics.
Our specialist team includes a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, rehabilitation medicine specialist, social worker, speech pathologist, allied health assistant and in some cases a prosthetist and orthotist.
Our programs include:
- Balance group - for people who have had recent falls or have poor balance. This is an 8 week rolling program providing twice weekly exercise and education sessions. The aim is to improve your balance, strength and mobility and it provides strategies for minimising the risk of falls and injuries from falls.
- Cardiac rehabilitation phase 2 - for people with any heart condition who are medically stable, post AMI, stent etc. This is a 5 week rolling program providing twice weekly exercise and education sessions with the aim of improving physical function and self-management of your condition.
- Heart failure rehabilitation - for people with stable chronic heart failure. The 8 week rolling program provides twice weekly exercise and education sessions and aims to improve physical function and self-management of your condition.
- MS group - for people with Multiple Sclerosis who would benefit from exercise and education. This is a 9 week program providing weekly exercise, education and practical sessions. It is run depending on demand.
- Parkinson’s group - for people with Parkinson’s who would benefit from exercise and education. The 10 week program provides weekly exercise, education and practical sessions. It is run depending on demand.
- Pulmonary rehabilitation phase 2 - for people with stable respiratory conditions, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions. The 7 week rolling program provides twice weekly exercise and education sessions. It aims to improve your physical function and self-management of your condition.
- Stroke rehabilitation education group - a 12 week program providing education and support to stroke survivors and their carers on a range of topics relevant to their ongoing recovery. Stroke survivors who are current inpatients in the Nicholson Rehabiltation or GEM units or those who have a current episode of care with CRS are eligible for this group.
- Young and able group - a program offered tor young people aged 16-30 with a variety of physical limitations. The program involves exercise and activities to increase independence. It is run depending on demand.
To take part in CRS programs, you must live in the Latrobe City catchment and need the input of 2 or more different members of our specialist team to work on your goals.
Referrals can come from any of the LRH inpatient wards. They can also come from other hospitals, community service providers and agencies. You may self-refer to the service but you will need a summary from your GP before you are assessed.
At the initial assessment, you, your family or carer will discuss your goals, the frequency of appointments and an estimated timeline for therapy. Delivery of therapy, either one-on-one or in a group is based on your goals and determined by individual clinicians or the specialist team. Your progress will be monitored regularly to ensure your therapy remains targeted to your needs.
If you would like to make a referral or find out more about any of the CRS programs phone Allied Health at Latrobe Regional Hospital 5173 8383.
The Allied Health Department is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. It is closed on public holidays.