Project information

Hydrotherapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis

We are seeking funding towards the cost of providing hydrotherapy for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Hydrotherapy is one of our key services with excellent benefits for people with MS. It is however, our most expensive service to operate.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Limited

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  • Need

    Need

    Hydrotherapy is one of our most popular therapies with excellent benefits for people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Hydrotherapy enables people with mobility issues to move limbs which are often difficult or impossible to move. It improves pain, mobility, balance, posture, walking, strengthens muscles and reduces swelling/fatigue.

    Solution

    Regular hydrotherapy sessions in the Centre's pool enables people with MS to keep as mobile as possible for as long as possible. This ultimately enhances members' physical, mental and emotional well-being. By keeping as mobile as possible, members can continue with many everyday daily activities such as days out with family or friends, housework and working.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Continue providing hydrotherapy sessions for people with MS in 2019.


    Activities

    » Apply to Trusts, Major Donors and Companies for funding towards this project.

    What success will look like

    Success will be filling all weekly hydrotherapy slots, reducing the waiting time between appointments and seeing positive outcomes in mobility for people with MS.


  • Impact

    Impact

    The benefits for people living with MS who have regular hydrotherapy sessions are far reaching. As well as helping to improve mobility in individuals, hydrotherapy enables members to forge new friendships with other people at the Centre who have MS. Members who have regular hydrotherapy sessions will be asked to complete feedback forms so that we can measure success.

    Risk

    There is a risk that we won't receive enough funding to cover the annual costs of providing hydrotherapy at the Centre. However, the Centre will continue to fundraise to ensure any shortfall can be met.

    Reporting

    Funders of this project will receive an annual report detailing progress and outcomes of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Hydrotherapy Providing Hydrotherapy sessions at our Centre for people with MS
  • Background

    Location

    The Kent MS Therapy Centre has been operating since 1984 and was initially set-up by people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for people with MS
    living in Kent.

    In January 2015, we moved into our brand new purpose built Therapy Centre in Canterbury which has enabled us to offer more therapies and
    additional support clinics.


    Beneficiaries

    The Kent MS Therapy Centre is the only dedicated Therapy Centre in Kent that operates six days a week to support people who are suffering from MS and we do this by providing a range of non-invasive therapies which help to relieve the symptoms of MS and improve quality of life. The Centre currently has 877 members of which 484 have MS.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we are the only dedicated purpose-built MS Therapy Centre in Kent that has a hydrotherapy pool on site which can be accessed by people living with MS when they become members. On average 36 people have a hydrotherapy session weekly at our Centre. The most popular sessions are individual ones where the member to staff ratio is 1:2. We also employ specially trained and highly skilled physiotherapists and assistants to deliver hydrotherapy at the Centre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Specialst Neuro Physiotherapist

    Our Specialist Neuro Physiotherapist provides hands-on hydrotherapy at the Centre. They also carry out initial assessments with service users.

    Neuro Physiotherapist's Assistant

    He assists with therapy sessions in the pool and is also a qualified swimming instructor and life saver.

£6000

...will pay for 150 hydrotherapy sessions for people living with MS.

“Although I leave the pool feeling shattered, with the help of Claire the therapist I am finding the treatment is making a huge difference to me both physically and mentally. The wonderful therapists coupled with the facilities at the Centre makes the whole experience really positive.“

Brian Baker - Centre Member