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The role of the physiotherapist is to work closely with other members of the Hospice team and with patients in the In-Patient Unit, Day Care and Out-Patient Clinics.

The physiotherapist visits patients to assess their individual needs and advise on any treatment required. 

Physiotherapy can help the patient to:

  • Adapt to any changes in their condition
  • Manage symptoms such as pain and anxiety
  • Cope with breathlessness and fatigue
  • Remain as physically able and independent as possible

This may involve giving specific exercises for the patient to do or it may involve giving advcie to the patient and their family regarding the easiest and safest way of managing everyday activities, always with the aim of maximising their quality of life.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) aims to optimise independence and quality of life by helping people prolong their ability to manage activities of daily living. OTs assist patients to adjust to a changed level of strength and routine by supporting them, their carers and families with these changes.

Some activities such as getting up, washed, and dressed are often taken for granted when fit and well. Managing these tasks, as well as leisure activities and hobbies, can be significantly impacted by illness.

Occupational Therapy at St. Michael’s Hospice

St. Michael’s Hospice Occupational Therapists are employed by the Hospice as part of a small therapy team including physiotherapists and a therapy assistant.

We are part of the specialist palliative care service and work very closely with our Hospice at Home nursing team, Macmillan team, Speciality Doctors and Consultants, on the In-Patient Unit, in the community and through our outpatient services.  We also work with other healthcare professionals within in the community including Adult Services, Wheelchair Service, Hampshire Equipment Service, and other charities.

Our role

Occupational Therapy interventions begin with a holistic assessment of a person’s abilities and aims to agree a treatment plan with them that is focussed on what is important to them.

Key areas of Occupational Therapy

  • Management of fatigue and energy conservation
  • Breathlessness management
  • Moving and handling advice for the person and family or main carer
  • Assessment and provision of postural and seating equipment
  • Assisting with psychological adjustment and goal setting related to loss of function.
  • Supporting discharge planning from the In-Patient Unit – assessing the person’s home environment, provision of equipment and adaptations to optimise the timing of discharge home
  • Future planning where deterioration is anticipated, to work with person and family proactively, to enable the person to remain at home/avoid hospital admission.
  • Lifestyle management including investigating hobbies and leisure pursuits
  • Advice for people with cognitive and perceptual dysfunction on ways of adapting to these difficulties
  • Being a resource for OTs working in other healthcare settings with people who have complex life limiting illness

For information about fatigue, please follow this link to a video from Macmillan Cancer Support 

For more information please contact the therapy team on :01256 848873 or email

Complementary Therapies

St. Michael's Hospice Complementary Therapy Service offers a range of therapies to bereaved families that have been referred by the Bereavement Team. For more information, please read more about our Complementary Therapy Service.

Do you have a question? 

Visit the Healthcare Professionals section to find out how to refer patients to the In-Patient Unit.