For Lisa Kyte, life changed when COVID-19 happened, and it gave her the unforeseen opportunity to join the Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) team as a physiotherapist on the Inpatient Unit (IPU).
Growing up in Almonte, Lisa was always into sports, did well in school and was interested in engineering.
“Physiotherapy is really how the body works so it was a good fit and I decided to study that,” reflected Lisa, who has practiced as physiotherapist for more than 30 years and also founded and owns West Physio.
A shift to treating hospital patients
Lisa’s career began in hospital, but the majority of her time has been spent in outpatient private practice focused on helping people recover from orthopedic sports injuries.
Working at the hospital, reintroduced Lisa to new types of patient cases.
“I provide care to a variety of inpatients,” said Lisa. “It’s a completely different caseload from outpatient. On the IPU, patients are unwell, and they have something that requires physio, such as mobility issues.”
Helping patients return home
Lisa and her physiotherapy colleagues are a big part of what helps many patients return home or to the community.
“Many of our patients have to be able to mobilize and ambulate before they can be discharged,” explained Lisa. “So medically they may be better, but they can’t go home until they’re able to get up the stairs, walk on their own or are able to get in about of bed independently.”
Lisa wants to help ensure each patient is safe to be discharged home and she tries to make her time with patients as fun as possible and full of energy.
“Some of our patients may dread us coming because we make them work – but it’s a means to an end,” said Lisa. “I know sometimes it not comfortable, but they know they’re safe working with us– and it gives them the confidence, strength and function they need to be able to go to the next step.”
A home at ARH
Lisa is happy she has had the ARH opportunity to support the IPU, and she is thrilled to have just recently opened a West Physio Clinic in the Primary Healthcare Centre to serve clients outside of the Hospital’s patient caseload.
“I love working with my fellow team members in the Physiotherapy Department and IPU – it’s really the best part of working here.”