Wolper’s Rehabilitation Service for Older People provides restorative care for patients with complex medical needs. The Service is run by geriatricians who specialise in rehabilitation supported by a full multidisciplinary team which includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nursing staff, exercise physiologists, a speech pathologist, discharge planner and clinical pharmacist.

The goals of Wolper’s Rehabilitation Service for Older People are to enable patients to return to a safe and independent lifestyle within their home and community.

Our physiotherapists and occupational therapists will assess and plan an individual treatment program specific to your needs to maximise function and to promote independence. Our discharge planner will facilitate a smooth and safe discharge.

Whilst in the Hospital, patients will also benefit from a full medications review conducted by Wolper pharmacist Dr Ben Basger. Dr Basger will review all medications and make recommendations as required.

What to bring

  • Medicare, private health fund membership and any relevant entitlement cards.
  • List of current medications and dosage information. Medications must be in date and in their original boxes.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Current x-rays or scans.
  • Comfortable day clothes, shoes (not scuffs) and night attire.
  • Comfortable clothing and shoes for exercising.
  • Front buttoning clothes (for people with upper limb problems).
  • Swimming attire (for patients participating in hydrotherapy).

Please leave all valuables at home. Wolper does not accept responsibility for loss of valuables.

Referrals to Wolper

Referral to Wolper’s Rehabilitation Service for Older People is by medical practitioner or referring hospital. Our physician will assess you following your admission.

How does the rehabilitation program work?

Physiotherapy takes place twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

One session will be one-on-one with the physiotherapist, focussing on the patient’s specific needs and goals. The other session may be a group based class. This is a great way to interact and socialise with other patients.

One of your sessions may be in the hydrotherapy pool as prescribed by the treating doctor or physiotherapist.

Please note:

  • On Saturday there is only one session and Sunday is a rest day.
  • Sessions run for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Following discharge, the physician will arrange follow up therapy where appropriate. This may include Wolper’s Day Rehabilitation or MoveWell exercise classes.