TBI Health’s Community Therapies team has been dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of those living and working in residential care facilities and retirement villages for over 15 years.

Assessments of New Residents

We conduct thorough Physiotherapy and/or Occupational Therapy assessments to establish a baseline for each resident’s strength, balance, joint mobility, safety, independence, cognition and participation in daily activities.

Functional Rehabilitation

Our clinicians work with residents to identify and practice safer and easier ways for them to complete their daily activities – including activities such as dressing, transfers, mobility and hobbies. This leads to the resident feeling more confident and empowered and caregivers having more time to complete other tasks.

Reassessments of Existing Residents

Our team members regularly reassess residents to identify changes over time and to provide recommendations and therapy to maintain residents’ independence and minimise age-related decline.

Prescription of Mobility and Functional Aids

Our clinicians are skilled in prescribing, sourcing, setting up, and educating both residents and facility staff on the correct use of assistive aids and equipment. This may include bathroom and dressing aids, transfer equipment, mobility aids, eating aids and seating and positioning devices. Having appropriate equipment in place optimises resident safety and independence.

Rehabilitation Following Injury, Surgery, Medical Event, or Illness

Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists work closely with residents who have had injuries, surgery, medical events and illnesses to promote recovery, restore function, enhance independence and help manage long term conditions.

Exercise Prescription

Our Physiotherapists are highly trained and experienced in prescribing individualised exercise programmes and running group exercise classes to improve and maintain residents’ physical fitness, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and mental wellbeing.  We also offer fall prevention exercise programmes based on the research-proven Otago Exercise Programme.

Neurological Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Our Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists provide comprehensive care for residents who have suffered a stroke or have neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, or Ataxia. Our interventions focus on improving mobility, coordination, strength, pain, posture, participation in usual activities and improving quality of life.


Respiratory Physiotherapy

For residents with respiratory conditions such as COPD (including emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and bronchiectasis, we offer specialised respiratory physiotherapy to improve lung function, secretion clearance, shortness of breath, wheezing and exercise tolerance.

Seating and Positioning Advice

Advice and recommendations on seating and positioning, to help maintain correct posture, optimise residents’ comfort and prevent pressure injuries.


Therapeutic water-based exercise can be provided for appropriate residents, to improve strength, flexibility, pain and physical fitness.

ACC-Funded Services for Injured Residents

Fully ACC-Funded Training for Independence Rehabilitation Services

If any residents have accepted ACC injury claims and their independence, confidence, or participation in daily activities has been affected by their injuries, we can request approval for a fully-funded ACC Training for Independence programme for them to help them return to pre-injury levels of independence.

If approved by ACC, our team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Counsellors, Dietitians, Speech-Language Therapists, and Social Workers, will plan and provide a rehabilitation program at the residential care facility to meet the resident’s specific needs.

To request a review to check whether someone meets the criteria for ACC-funded Training for Independence services, please email tbireferrals@tbihealth.co.nz

Partially ACC-Funded Allied Health Services

Should any of your residents sustain an injury and require physiotherapy or hand therapy, we can access partial funding for this via the ACC Allied Health Services contract. Please email tbireferrals@tbihealth.co.nz

Staff Education

Moving and Handling Training

Our Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Vocational Consultants can provide high quality moving and handling training for your facility’s clinical and non-clinical staff. We work with you to identify the moving and handling risks and training needs of each staff group then provide tailored moving and handling and injury prevention workshops. Moving and Handing training helps reduce staff and resident injury rates, ACC claims and sick leave days and improves staff satisfaction, efficiency and productivity.

Partner With Us

By partnering with us, your facility can provide residents with the highest standard of care – promoting their overall wellness, maximising their independence and optimising both resident and family satisfaction.
Our moving and handling training services will help minimise staff injuries and sick leave and improve productivity.

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