Every resident has a full physiotherapy assessment when they arrive at Birtley. This identifies any physical problems that they may have and we can then make an appropriate treatment plan to address these issues. We also can help to advise the carers and nurses on equipment to use with the resident and appropriate walking aids.
Many residents have weekly physiotherapy sessions consisting of walking, re-education, strengthening and balance exercises. They find this extremely beneficial for improving and maintaining their mobility and it is immensely satisfying to see their improvement and confidence grow.
The Physiotherapy department at Birtley House is led by Janet Paremain who is assisted by Trish Swyny. They work alongside the staff at Birtley to provide the best possible care for the Residents.
Physiotherapy is available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Janet, who previously worked for Bevan Wilson, heads-up the Birtley in-house Physiotherapy team.
I have worked as a Physiotherapist for over 20 years, treating people in hospitals, nursing homes and in their own homes. I have had a lot of experience treating orthopaedic conditions, balance problems, neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and many other conditions that can affect the older person. I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the specialist group
AGILE and regularly attend courses and training to keep up-to-date.
I have worked at Birtley house for the past 12 years and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I
feel very fortunate to work in such a wonderful environment, with a great team of people within a
very unique community. Every aspect of the residents life at Birtley is considered and each staff
member enables this holistic approach to their care. It is very rewarding to be part of this team.
I love my job as a Physiotherapist. It is very satisfying to make a difference to people's lives and
help improve their confidence after a fall, illness or period of immobility.
In my free time I try to keep as active as possible and enjoy swimming, running, Pilates, skiing and
walking my dog.
I qualified at St. Mary’s Hospital in 1986. I worked in a number of London hospitals where I gained experience in orthopaedic, neurological, respiratory and elderly care. I have worked in recent years as a Bank Physio at Mount Alvernia Hospital, where I had responsibility for the acute care of patients who had undergone orthopaedic and gynaecological surgery.