People who get older and see their body’s mobility decline usually come into contact with the physiotherapist for the elderly ( geriatric physiotherapist ).
The geriatric physiotherapist specializes in the care of frail elderly and clients / patients of high (biological) age dealing with complex health problems.
This not only concerns the elderly, but also patients who show signs of old age as a result of, for example, a stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s disease or a fractured hip. This physiotherapist works on the basis of his specific knowledge of the target group and the associated syndromes.
The patients mainly do exercise therapy, aimed at regaining and dealing with loss of mobility and independence.
The geriatric physiotherapist’s work also includes advising and guiding family members and any informal caregivers, about, among other things, the clinical picture, prognosis, treatment, transfers, daily activities and aids.