- Aged Care
Exercise Physiology Services
Community Therapy provides mobile Exercise Physiology services to older adults, people living with disabilities and people rehabilitating at home after surgery or hospitalisation.
We partner with home care providers, residential aged care facilities, private health insurers and work closely with our NDIS providers, Doctors, Specialists and our local hospitals to ensure people in our community receive excellent allied health care in their home.
We are NDIS registered providers and were certified by SAI Global.
Community Therapy’s Exercise Physiology services are mobile and available throughout Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Maitland/Hunter, Port Stephens & Central Coast.
Mobile throughout Newcastle, Central Coast & Hunter
What Our Exercise Physiologists Do
Our Exercise Physiologists are registered with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Our clinicians hold their own public and professional indemnity insurance, possess current criminal record checks, working with children checks, NDIS worker screening checks and required vaccinations.
Our Exercise Physiologists help people to live better and healthier lives with evidence based and engaging exercise therapy. We focus on helping people to achieve goals that are meaningful for them and ensure that our exercise programs are engaging!
We help people move better and feel better by improving all areas of their physical wellbeing such as their cardiovascular function (heart and lungs), strength, flexibility and balance.
Importantly, the link between physical and mental wellbeing is very clear and our exercise therapy programs are very focused on mental wellbeing and very appropriate for people living with psychosocial, learning and intellectual disabilities.
Who We Support
At Community Therapy we are passionate about supporting older adults and people living with disabilties.
We work alongside approved aged care providers and NDIS providers to ensure timely access to Exercise Physiology services in our clients homes.
We can visit people living in all types of properties and living arrangements, from private homes, units, apartments, retirement villages, disability group homes and residential aged care facilities. We also can see people in the community (pools, beaches, parks and gyms) as we use Exercise Physiology to increase community participation.
Our team love working with people to help them move towards the meaningful goals that they have set and would like to achieve.
Measuring the Effectiveness of Exercise Physiology
Our Exercise Physiologists will always utilise outcome measures to help track someone’s progress towards their meaningful goals.
An example of an outcome measure is the Berg Balance Scale (BBS). The BBS is a 14-item objective measure of balance in adults. It is a well-researched and quantifiable way of determining the level of someone’s balance, and also of identifying where deficits in their balance exist. We may use the BBS as an outcome measure for someone that has been falling and also has a meaningful goal of being able to stand whilst showering again.
What boards are your Exercise Physiologists a member of?
Community Therapy Exercise Physiologists maintain certification with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). This is a mandatory, yearly certification.
Do I see the same clinician or can it change?
Almost always, you will be seeing the same Exercise Physiologist. The exception to this would be times our clinicians are unwell or on leave.
Do we always meet at my residence or can we meet somewhere else?
Usually, your Exercise Physiologist will come to your home. However, our Exercise Physiologists conduct therapy at other locations such as gyms, pools or in the community.
In what ways are the Exercise Physiology sessions fun and engaging?
At Community Therapy we are always conscious of making sessions not only evidence-based for success, but also fun and engaging as well.
The people we hire play a large role in this; we recruit Exercise Physiologists who are fun and interesting people. This goes a long way to ensuring that our clients have positive and uplifting experiences with us.
In addition, we work hard to ensure that we are always involving the best equipment that our clinicians can access. For example, we have invested in the ‘Blaze Pod’ systems for our team, which is an innovative light sensor system designed to train people’s reactions and build agility. It has been developed to not only be very effective in improving physical function, but also to be a fun activity to undertake.
Can you describe your Exercise Physiology process in detail? 1 of 4
Please feel free to make your referral through our referral page or phone us on 1300 031 935.
The first stage of the process is to ensure that we’re the suitable provider to consider. Please note that we work best with adults (over 18) and our service areas are the greater Hunter, Central Coast and Port Stephens regions.
We will discuss the person’s medical conditions, current situation and goals they would like to achieve with Exercise Physiology.
If the person wishes to engage Community Therapy, we will organise the first appointment as soon as possible.
Can you describe your Exercise Physiology process in detail? 2 of 4
A Exercise Physiologist from Community Therapy will see the person at their home to conduct an initial assessment. The assessment usually takes between 60-90 minutes to complete.
The initial assessment will involve communicating about the clinical (or NDIS) plan and any medical records relating to the person’s health conditions. We will begin to understand what goals the person wants to move towards, as well as the therapy that should be utilised.
If you are an NDIS participant, we will discuss your current NDIS plan and how Exercise Physiology fits into it. This will involve signing a service agreement and booking regular appointments to complete your Exercise Physiology sessions.
Can you describe your Exercise Physiology process in detail? 3 of 4
After the initial assessment, the following sessions involve performing therapy sessions with your Exercise Physiologist.
The Exercise Physiologist will provide self-directed exercises that are safe for clients to complete, either independently or with the assistance of a family member, care staff or other.
Can you describe your Exercise Physiology process in detail? 4 of 4
The Exercise Physiologist will visit the client at an agreed frequency.
The frequency is typically weekly or fortnightly, however, some people may be reviewed at longer intervals, depending on their condition.
For our NDIS participants and home care clients, we provide comprehensive reports to inform your NDIS plan or home care plan of what has been achieved and what we are aiming to be achieved in the future.