The Day Rehabilitation Unit (DRU) is an outpatient health care unit where assessments and treatments are provided. It is a service primarily for older people in our local community. The purpose of Unit is to maximise your general health and wellbeing and minimise the risk of falls.
The Day Rehabilitation Unit is located on the ground floor of the New Ward Block, Whiteabbey Hospital.
The staff are: Consultant, Doctor, Domestic Assistant, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Receptionist.
On your first visit
Who you see on your first visit will be dependent on your individual needs, as will the length of time needed for this visit (please allow approximately two hours for this visit).
The number of times you will need to attend will depend on the outcome of your initial assessment.
What to bring
- Any walking aid used.
- An up-to-date list of medication.
- A urine specimen.
What to wear
- Comfortable clothing and shoes.
What assessments are completed?
- Assessment of how you walk, your mobility, balance and muscle strength.
- Identify any falls history or if you have a fear of falling.
- Assess your medication management.
- Assess home hazards.
- Identify how you feel you manage at home eg dressing, cooking, housework
- Clinical assessments might include blood tests, blood pressure or x-rays.
What might be the outcome of the assessments?
- Provision of equipment to make mobility better eg walking aid.
- A home exercise programme aimed at improving strength and balance.
- Information on safety in the home and everyday tasks.
- Further information on medication and/or treatment.
If you need any further information about our unit, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time between Monday – Friday from 9am to 4.30pm (exclusive of public holidays).