Health Independence Programs

The Health Independence Programs (HIP) provide a range of supportive rehabilitation and chronic disease management services to people who have been unwell in hospital, or in our Urgent Care Centre.  

They include:


About the services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A range of services can be provided at home, at Community Health, or other community-based venues to enable a planned return to normal every day activities.   The care provided is focused on what each individual person feels is important to their health and wellbeing.  Therefore our team helps each person to identify and create a written 'Shared Support Plan’ containing their main identified health issues, goals to work towards and actions that will move the plan forwards.

The HIP team invests considerable time in communicating with nominated important people such as care providers, family members, Case managers, doctors, specialist assessment services, home care providers, Home Nursing Service, hospitals and a wide range of community-based supportive services, so that our clients have everyone “on the same page” when it comes to planning for their care. 

Each client is followed through their episode of care by a key worker.  The wider team consists of and allied health assistant, dietitian, registered nurses, High Risk Foot Clinic (limitations apply), occupational therapist, physiotherapist, Quit educator, speech pathologist and social worker. 

We run specific groups for people who have experienced a hip or knee replacement, heart and blood vessel disease, or are coping with long-term breathing problems.  The HIP team also supports people at “high risk” who may be older, frail, disabled, at risk of homelessness, have mental health challenges, lack social supports or have cultural and language specific needs.

Aim:

To optimise a person’s ability to participate in activities of daily living, and connect that person to services which assist them to stay living in a community setting.

People who are eligible:

Hospital admission and require services from two or more health professionals on our team to rehabilitate.

It is offered to residents of Benalla Rural City.

Additionally “at imminent risk” people in our community people with complex health needs who are older, frail, disabled, homeless, have mental health challenges, complex lives, lack of social supports or cultural and language barriers may be eligible.

They will receive a variety of health-related services (who have a need to work together).

Key objectives:

  • A planned return home from hospital as soon as possible
  • Achieve and maintain therapy goals
  • Provide options for treatment that are centre-based and/or home-based i.e. meet the needs of individual
  • Break down the barriers to achieving health goals by creating a ‘Shared Support Plan’
  • Prevent avoidable hospital admissions
  • Effective and timely communication with all relevant services involved in your health care
  • A planned discharge from our program
     

Hip and Knee Rehabilitation Group

The group is for people who:

  • Have had an operation to replace their hip or knee joint.
  • Feel comfortable exercising in a small group.
  • Need exercises to help their muscles to get stronger and the joint to move freely.

You will be assisted by a:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Allied Health Assistant.

Each person will be set a home exercise program which is very important to carry out every day.

How can Hip & Knee Rehabilitation help you?

  • The exercise program is set for individual (personal) needs.
  • You will be connected to a Care Coordinator to help your journey through our program.
  • You will be able to get back to doing your day to day activities.
  • Your hip or knee joint recovery will improve your ability to move without pain.

Please take your pain relief medication at least one hour before exercise group.

How

All referrals via Intake Worker on (03) 5761 4500.


 

Heart Rehabilitation Group

All referrals via Intake Worker on (03) 5761 4500. Benalla Health, Community Rehabilitation Centre, Samaria Road, Benalla.

The group is for people who:

  • Have medical problems with their heart and blood circulation.
  • Are recovering from heart surgery.
  • Have long-term heart and circulation problems that cause shortness of breath.

You will be exercising and learning about heart health in a small group.

Our team includes:

  • Care coordinator
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian
  • Speech pathologist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Allied health assistant

Each person will be set a home exercise program which is very important to carry out at least five times per week.

How can Heart Rehabilitation help you?

  • Improve your muscle strength.
  • Learn how to manage your heart condition and medications.
  • Confidence to ask your doctor questions.
  • To feel supported and that you are not alone.
  • Confidence to get back to doing day to day activities.
  • Support to work towards QUIT smoking (if needed).
  • You will be connected to a Care Coordinator to help your journey through our program.

Each person will complete a six minute walk test before starting the program.

When

  •  It is an eight-week program with one hour education and one hour exercise group.
  • A comprehensive assessment will be performed by a Care Coordinator and Physiotherapist prior to commencement of the group.

What to bring:

  • Your walking aid
  • Wear flat enclosed shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Support person welcome
  • Emergency medication

How much will it cost?

There is a small fee for some of our services. Our staff can talk to you about the cost when you make your first appointment.

Where

Benalla Health, Community Rehabilitation Centre, Samaria Road, Benalla


Lung Rehabilitation Group

The group is for people who:

  • Have medical problems with their lungs.
  • Often feel short of breath.
  • Can find it difficult to do their day to day activities.

You will be exercising and learning about lung health in a small group.

Our team includes:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social Worker
  • Pharmacist
  • Dietitian
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Allied Health Assistant

Each person will be set a home exercise program which is very important to carry out at least five times per week.

 How can lung rehabilitation help you?

  • Improve your muscle strength.
  • Breathe easier.
  • Learn how to manage your lung condition and medications.
  • Confidence to ask your doctor questions.
  • To feel supported and that you are not alone.
  • Confidence to get back to doing day to day activities.
  • Support to work towards QUIT smoking (if needed).
  • You will be connected to a Care Coordinator to help your journey through our program.

Special instructions

  • Please let us know if you need to exercise using oxygen.
  • Each person will complete a six minute walk test before starting the program.

How

All referrals via Intake Worker on (03) 5761 4500

Where

Benalla Health, Community Rehabilitation Centre, Samaria Road, Benalla

When

  • It is an eight week program with one hour education and one hour exercise group.
  • A comprehensive assessment will be performed by a Care Coordinator and Physiotherapist prior to commencement of the group.

What to bring:

  • Your walking aid
  • Wear flat enclosed shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Support person welcome
  • Emergency medication

How much will it cost?

There is a small fee for some of our services.  Our staff can talk to you about the cost when you make your first appointment.


Chronic and complex care conditions

Chronic and complex care is for people who:

  • Are often unwell and are admitted to hospital or at risk of going to hospital.
  • Have long-term health conditions.
  • Need help to better understand and manage their health conditions.
  • Need health care services in their own home.  
  • Need help to connect to other services in the community.
  • Are a Benalla Rural City resident.

The services that you receive will depend upon:

  • Why you have been in hospital.
  • Your recovery needs.

How can chronic and complex care help you?

  • Connect you to longer term supports (if needed).
  • Confidence to ask your doctor questions.
  • To feel supported and that you are not alone.
  • Learn how to manage your health conditions and medications.
  • Confidence to get back to doing your day to day activities.
  • You will be connected to a Care Coordinator to help your journey through our program.

 The team includes:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Heart Nurse
  • Lung Nurse
  • Dietitian
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • High Risk Foot Clinic (Podiatrist and Nurse)
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Quit Smoking Educator (if needed)
  • Allied Health Assistant

How

All referrals via Intake Worker on (03) 5761 4500

When:

Up to 12 months (if needed)

Where:

  • In your own home (whenever possible)
  • Community Rehabilitation Centre

Who to contact:

Benalla Community Care Reception, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm

Phone: (03) 5761 4500

Fax: (03) 5761 4502

How much will it cost?

It is a free service, however this does not cover the cost of any services already in place or any new community supports you may need.


Post Acute Care Program

The program is for people who:

  •  Have limited supports at home and are leaving hospital.
  •  Have been a public patient in a public hospital.
  •  Are a Benalla Rural City resident.
  •  Need short term supports to help their recovery after leaving hospital.
  •  Need help to get back to doing their day to day activities.
  •  Need help to connect to longer term supports (if needed).

How can post acute care help you?

 The services that you receive will depend upon:

  • Why you have been in hospital.
  • Your recovery needs.
  •  Family supports.
  •  Other community supports available.

Limited services:

  • Home cleaning
  • Support to have a shower
  • Shop for food
  • Wound care
  • Transport to medical appointments 
  • In home respite

How can you access PAC?

If you know that you are going to need extra support when you go home, talk to the staff involved in your care.  They will help you work out your needs and arrange a referral to PAC.

When:

  • Up to four weeks after you leave a Public Hospital

Where:

  • In your home

Who to contact:

Benalla Community Care reception, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Phone: 03 5761 4500

Fax: 03 5761 4502

How much will it cost?

Free short-term service; however PAC does not cover the cost of any services already in place before you went to hospital.


Falls and Balance Exercise Group

The group is for people who: Community Rehabilitation Centre Community Rehabilitation Centre

  • Have experienced a fall or at risk of falls.
  • Do not feel confident with their own balance.
  • Feel comfortable exercising in a small group.
  • Need exercises to help improve balance, strength and flexibility.

You will be assisted by a:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Allied Health Assistant

How can Falls and Balance Exercise Group help you?

  • The exercise program is set for individual (personal) needs.
  • You will be connected to a Care Coordinator to help your journey through our program.
  • You will be able to get back to doing your day to day activities.
  • Education, advice and support.
  • Each person receives their own personal exercise program, and is encouraged to keep this up at home.

Please take your pain relief mediation at least one hour before the group starts.

How much will it cost?

It is a free service, however this does not cover the cost of any services already in place or any new community supports you may need.

How

All referrals are via the intake worker on (03) 5761 4500.

Where

Benalla Health, Community Rehabilitation Centre, Samaria Road, Benalla

When

  • It is a 6 week program with 1 hour exercise group.
  • A comprehensive assessment will be performed by a Care Coordinator and Physiotherapist prior to commencement of the group.

What to bring:

  • Your walking aid (if required)
  • Wear flat enclosed shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Support person welcome

Strength and Endurance Group

This is an activity class for people who may not be confident or able to go to a gym. It includes a mix of light weights and aerobic activity, fully supervised by a physiotherapist.

Assessments are done before clients will be put into the group to ensure all activities are appropriate.

This has helped people improve their physical fitness and daily living in a safe and supportive environment as well as helping people make new friends.

Contact Benalla Community Health (03) 5761 4500 to enquire further.