A makeshift tram at Caulfield Hospital is helping patients build their strength, balance and confidence to return to the community.
After experiencing a few falls at home, Yvonne Ip was referred to Caulfield Hospital, where she joined the Community Access Group, a service that helps patients gain back independence.
“We go out to places like the market to put our strength and balance training into practice,” said 75-year-old Yvonne.
In preparation for the community outings, a patients’ first stop is to practice on the tram course to get familiar with hopping on and off public transport.
“I was taught by an occupational therapist how to get onto the tram, I now know how to get my cane up and pull myself up in the right way,” Yvonne said.
Occupational Therapist at Caulfield, Serena Alves-Stein, says the tram course at the hospital is a great way for patients to transition back into the community.
“Often patients have difficulty feeling safe, so it’s nice to see that the tram course can make them feel confident,” Ms Alves-Stein said.
Yvonne was also given the opportunity to go with an occupational therapist to the tram depo in Malvern to practice her exercises. Since then, Yvonne has used trams to get out and about in Melbourne.
Yvonne is thrilled with her progress at Caulfield, and loves the support she’s received from the team.
“They’re so professional, and when I’m out and about I feel that I have total control of my movement,” she said.
“I’d recommend the Community Access Group to everyone – they’re all so lovely and friendly!”
To find out more about our Occupational Therapy services, visit https://www.alfredhealth.org.au/services/occupational-therapy