I have enjoyed every aspect of my first 6 months of being a physiotherapist. From trying a new cafe in a different suburb to assessing and treating a new condition every week, it is safe to say community physiotherapy is both stimulating and challenging.
Breaking down clinical walls
Luckily, I was very well rehearsed with in-home therapy since I previously did home visits as an allied health assistant. There is something special about mobile physiotherapy where patients are being treated in their most comfortable and safe environment. Hence why I chose to continue this as a new graduate physiotherapist.
When the clinical walls are down, multiple psychosocial barriers that may impact one’s ability to be compliant with their home exercise program can be easily broken down. I am able to show them exactly where the exercises should be completed and to set up the equipment for them so it is easily accessible.
Whether the goals are related to getting out of bed easier or wanting to hang up the washing, I can see exactly how these goals can be accomplished without having to guess.
Exercises can be completed in the garden, where patients can also parade their finest home-grown and organic fruits and vegetables. And most importantly of all, delightful dogs with wagging tails are always in attendance to either supervise or cheer on patients. Curious cats also make an appearance, seemingly intrigued by the laughter and excitement throughout sessions.
Building friendships and connections
Trusting friendships and connections are always developed quicker after being invited into someone’s home. I am continually exposed to memorable and iconic photographs which give me an insight into what’s valuable to each individual. I have been gifted with an autobiography from my patient’s husband which highlights their precious love story and his experiences in the war. I am appreciative of the generosity of individuals who share their delicious cultural foods as we sip on tea and share our favourite stories about family and our home countries.
Time flies when you’re having fun!
If you know me well enough, you know that I say this at least once a day. It’s incredible to see how quickly the past 6 months have flown by. I have developed wonderful friendships and learnt plentiful life lessons, while also learning to be a more confident clinician!
Final thoughts about being a physiotherapist
If you are looking for an enjoyable physio experience with plenty of conversation, then Home Physio Melbourne is the place for you. We offer home visits, so no matter where you are located in Melbourne, we can help you out. Get in touch today to book your appointment!