Involving family care givers in rehabilitation

Older people admitted to hospital are at high risk of functional decline. This may be due to a combination of the illness or injury they were admitted with, the treatments undertaken and the effects of prolonged immobilisation. Physiotherapy can help, but staffing ratios in aged care programs such as Transition Care are typically low. This research led by Kate Lawler aims to understand the feasibility of training family members to assist with physiotherapy and whether this approach can improve levels of physical activity, falls-related self-efficacy, health-related quality of life and caregiver strain.

Lawler K, Taylor N, Shields N. Involving family members in physiotherapy for older people transitioning from hospital to the community: a qualitative analysis. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2015: 37: 2061-2069. 

Lawler K, Taylor NF, Shields N. 2013. Outcomes after caregiver-provided speech and language or other allied health therapy: a systematic review. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 94:1139-1160.