Therapies & Facilities

We employ a range of allied health professionals who support our nursing staff to deliver care and therapy programmes designed around the needs of our patients.

They are an integral part of our care team and include consultants in rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, dietetics, specialist respiratory nursing, music therapists and activities organisers.

All of our patients are supported in achieving the highest quality of life, and therapies are planned for each individual with the aim of addressing the scope of their particular needs.

The wide range of therapeutic services available to our patients helps to provide for a full spectrum of physical, emotional and social needs.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy (SLT) may be needed to help a patient’s communication, or to help correct problems with swallowing.

The Speech and Language Therapy Assistants screen patients for assisted technology needs and, along with the Occupational Therapist, determines who may need SLT input. Therapy programmes are developed here or prescribed by other health care teams, and are carried out in liaison with the community Speech and Language Therapist.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapist helps people to overcome the effects of physical or mental debilitation by enabling specific and purposeful activity. This process can help to alleviate disability and improve independent functioning, and is, therefore, integral to rehabilitation.

Occupational therapy employs processes that help patients improve motor functions and cognitive abilities, and looks for ways to identify and remove barriers to meaningful occupation. These improvements lead to an increased ability to engage in the activities of daily living and to the possibility of having a more productive and satisfying life.

Mobile Sensory Unit

The Mobile Sensory Unit provides an interactive, multisensory experience which stimulates visual and auditory perception, promotes awareness of the environment, provides a relaxing atmosphere, and promotes wellbeing.

The unit is particularly therapeutic for patients who are sensory deprived, or in states of low awareness. It creates an environment full of sound, colour and shape, which can be controlled by the individual to alter hue and intensity of light. It is used as one-on-one therapy, or for group interaction.


We have dedicated treatment gyms at each home, with a range of rehabilitation and therapy equipment used for assessment and treatment. Each gym contains a wide variety of equipment including Tilt tables, Bobath plinths, Thera trainer, electric standing frames, parallel bars, and specialised therapy rehabilitation equipment. These resources enable the therapy team to enhance the patient’s postural control, quality of movement, mobility, balance, strengthening and functional abilities as part of a wider disability management or rehabilitation programme.

Soundbeam Therapy

Soundbeam therapy is a creative and therapeutic activity which allows participants to make music using an electronic sensor that translates movement into sound. It provides a medium which allows profoundly physically impaired individuals to express themselves and communicate through music.

Soundbeam sessions are normally run by the Speech and Language Therapy assistant or a member of the activities therapy team.


It is vitally important that residents are provided with a wholesome and nutritious diet as this helps to reduce the risk of infection and other medical conditions and maintain a healthy weight. This applies equally whether they take food and hydration orally or via a tube (known as peg feeding) if they have difficulty swallowing.

Our dieticians regularly review each resident’s nutritional requirements and will make any adjustments needed to their intake to ensure that they continue to receive a well-balanced diet.

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Reflexology is a non-invasive and hugely comforting therapy which is appropriate for most patients at Fairlie Healthcare. This complementary therapy uses the application of gentle pressure to specific points on the feet (and sometimes hands), to assist the body to restore a natural equilibrium.

The effect is unique to each individual, and the therapy is particularly useful for helping the patients at Fairlie Healthcare with:

  • Circulation
  • Stress due to pain
  • Sleep disorders
  • Breathing problems
  • Bowel movements
  • Digestive disorders

Activities & Outings

The homes have robust Activities teams which provide group sensory sessions,
individual sensory sessions, and one-on-one activities and group activities.

Everyday outings such as shopping are frequently arranged, as well as recreational events including trips to restaurants, cinema, theatre, museums, and parks. In-house activities include parties, barbecues, karaoke, arts and crafts, and musical performances, which the residents enjoy enormously. We also have teams of volunteers who attend weekly and have one-on-one sessions with residents.

Our resident’s committee made up of staff, residents, and family and friends, organise outings and fundraising events. They also organise an annual event ‘The Picnic in the Park’, which is well attended by residents, staff and relatives. Team games such as rounders, giant dominos and a tug of war are played and this is a really fun event.


Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy based on the practice of using concentrated essential plant oils to enhance healing and wellbeing. It is believed to work both physiologically and psychologically, through a combination of massage and the inhalation of essential oils that trigger the brain’s limbic system.

Treatment is thought to help reduce the symptoms of a range of conditions, and, in employing caring, hands-on techniques, it can induce relaxation and increase energy.

Holistic Massage

Massage can benefit the whole body as well as the mental wellbeing of patients with highly complex needs.

Holistic Massage is tailored to the needs of each individual, and employs a wide range of techniques. The approach is founded on oil-based Swedish Massage – effleurage, petrissage, and percussion – and incorporates other practices, such as:

  • Mobilisation of limbs and joints
  • Breath work
  • Manual stretches
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Thai Massage

Holistic massage can act to alleviate physical disorders, as well as provide touch therapy, which can communicate care, affection, and warmth.


Counselling can help people who are trying to come to terms with painful events, past or present, or who need support through a current crisis or change in life conditions. It can also help people who are struggling to manage difficult feelings such as depression or anxiety, or who are seeking direction and meaning in their lives.

Residents with Fairlie Healthcare will experience the same troubles and concerns that anyone will, but additionally, they may want support in dealing with a wide range of issues that relate to their medical condition, such as physical changes, disability, effects that their illness has on relationships and sexuality, coping with pain and loss, preparation for death.

Our counsellors offers psychological, emotional and spiritual support to residents with a range of complex issues. They also works with residents’ families through times that can be painful and challenging. Counselling is available to anyone involved with Fairlie Healthcare who expresses or demonstrates a need. Our counsellors are trained to help explore each person’s situation and to support them to find a way forward.

Each home has a dedicated treatment gym providing a range of rehabilitation and therapy equipment used for assessment and treatment.

These gyms contain a wide variety of equipment including tilt tables, Bobath plinths, electric standing frames, parallel bars and more specialised therapy rehabilitation equipment.

These resources enable the therapy team to enhance the patient’s postural control, quality of movement, mobility, balance, strengthening and functional abilities as part of a wider disability management or rehabilitation programme.

At Highfield House we have a fully equipped, adapted and accessible kitchen where daily activities including drink preparation and simple meal preparation can be assessed and practised.

We can offer a wide range of communication assessments as part of individualised programmes of care, overseen by our consultant in rehabilitation medicine. These are goal orientated and are subject to regular reviews and numerous validated outcome measures.

We make full use of assistive technology such as Eyegaze software, an advanced eye-driven tablet communication system, to enhance a patient’s ability to communicate, a vital factor in a patient’s well-being and quality of life.

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See for yourself how we help those in our care to live well and enjoy a meaningful lifestyle, while accessing the range of rehabilitation and care services required on an ongoing basis, to maximise their further recovery and to enable them to lead as independent and fulfilling lives as possible.

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