After graduating as one of the youngest in her class from Dalhousie University’s School of Physiotherapy, Jillian started working in a private Physiotherapy clinic. While the work of helping people improve their lives was enjoyable and rewarding, the quick pace of the clinic setting meant that she could not fully connect with her clients the way she had envisioned. However, through the clinic, she started seeing a few clients in their homes – clients who were seniors, unable to travel to the clinic. She found herself relishing the fact that she could spend an hour with the clients instead of 15 minutes. She loved being able to provide one-on-one quality care with the clients and connect with them in deeper, more holistic ways.
Eventually, she and her husband, Stephen, recognized a need for this type of in-home Physiotherapy service. In 2004, Stephen and Jillian started PhysioCare at Home to provide Physiotherapy for seniors in Halifax. With the growing demand for in-home Physiotherapy as well as increased interest from Physiotherapists to work in this setting, PhysioCare at Home has expanded to over 15 physiotherapists in 4 cities.
In-home Physiotherapy is unique because it is extremely client-centered. The trust relationship between Physiotherapist and client is strong and helps the client to better implement the recommendations , which in turn helps their condition to improve faster. When a Physiotherapist comes into a client’s home, they can tailor their recommendations, exercises and suggestions to the client and their home environment.
Both Stephen and Jillian are passionate about empowering people to live healthy and fulfilling lives. What they love about PhysioCare at Home is that they can live out this vision in helping seniors, their staff, and people in their community. In addition, Stephen and Jillian look for ways to encourage and support their staff in giving back to the community.