The geriatric physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who, through a 3-year master’s degree, has specialized in the care of elderly people who are dealing with (complex) health problems. The geriatric physiotherapist focuses in particular on improving and maintaining the mobility of the body, self-reliance and quality of life in (vulnerable) elderly people.
This does not only concern the elderly, but also patients with, for example, complaints as a result of a stroke, dementia, Parkinson’s or a broken hip.
The patients mainly do exercise therapy, aimed at regaining and dealing with loss of mobility and independence.
The work of the geriatric physiotherapist also includes advising and guiding family members and any caregivers about, among other things, the clinical picture, prognosis, treatment, transfers, daily activities and aids.
Lieneke Eeken, MSc