Children and young people, with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, who access Rainbows are able to access a range of therapies.
Children and young people, with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, who access Rainbows are able to access a range of therapies. You can find details of each below.
Our Physiotherapists work as part of our multi-disciplinary team. Our physios are involved in the development of delivery of holistic physiotherapy techniques and support for children and young people, along with the production of individual physiotherapy care plans for their time at Rainbows.
Our Hydrotherapy Pool can be used for a range of purposes, including therapy sessions with our physiotherapists, relaxing sessions and sessions which are aimed at fun for the whole family. The pool is carefully regulated and meets national guidelines for water quality and temperature.
The use of warm water has many benefits and is known to assist with relaxation, pain relief, reduction of aching muscles and stiff joints and where movement is limited by weakness, the water can help to support limbs, reducing the effort needed to move. The experience of being in water can offer a sense of freedom, it can also allow greater opportunities for interaction and experiences that cannot be accessed in other environments.
With a fully furnished music room and a music therapist, we’re able to provide music therapy to help our children, young people and siblings express their emotions and feelings in an ideal space. Our music room is not only stocked with traditional instruments including drums, guitars and pianos, but it also includes state-of-the-art electronic instruments designed to enable any child, whatever their ability, make music using sensors, cushions, floor pads and motion detectors.
Music Therapy is available at the hospice and as part of Rainbows Outreach services
Complementary therapies are offered (as appropriate) to babies, children and young people, both in the hospice and as part of Rainbows outreach services – including in the families’ own home, as well as during hospital stays. These therapies can help improve both physical and emotional health by alleviating symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue; relaxing the mind and body; relieving tension and stress and enhancing general wellbeing. We offer a range of complementary therapies including massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and Indian head massage.
Rainbows is somewhere we can go and enjoy together. He loves swimming and that is incredible. I never thought he would be able to swim. He just loves the pool and I go in sometimes. I have also spent time in the pool alone and had massages.