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Adaptation courses

In addition to cardiac rehabilitation services, Heart Hospital offers other rehabilitation services to heart patients. Rehabilitation services are offered by Kela, The Finnish Heart Association, health centres and regional societies. Depending on your needs, rehabilitation may be institutionalised or open, community-based.

Adaptation courses of Hämeenmaan Sydänpiiri ry (regional society)

Hämeenmaan Sydänpiiri ry organises adaptation courses for newly diagnosed cardiac patients. The purpose of the course is to provide guidance and support in the changed life situation brought on by heart disease.

You can attend courses either alone or with family member(s). Courses are free of charge. The courses are hosted by Norlandia Tampere Hotel.

Courses for patients having rehabilitation following coronary, valve or aort­ic surgery

Course content: Lectures given by a cardiologist, rehabilitation instructor/nurse, psychotherapist and physiotherapist. Group discussion, lightweight outdoor activities and peer support. The course consists of two weekends at approximately one month apart.

The course themes have been built around the patient and their close relatives as follows:

  • Theme 1: Understanding the situation; information about heart disease and its treatment
  • Theme 2: Accepting the disease; supporting the patient emotionally and giving them the prerequisites for recovery
  • Theme 3: Coping with every day; ways of self-help
  • Theme 4: The way forward; rehabilitation pathways and opportunities

Courses following pacemaker implantation

Course content: Lectures given by a cardiologist, rehabilitation instructor/nurse, psychotherapist and physiotherapist. Group discussion, lightweight outdoor activities and peer support. The course comprises one weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

The course themes have been built around the patient and their close relative(s) as follows:

  • Theme 1: Understanding the situation; information about heart disease and its treatment
  • Theme 2: Accepting the disease; supporting the patient emotionally and giving them the prerequisites for recovery
  • Theme 3: Coping with every day; ways of self-help
  • Theme 4: The way forward; rehabilitation pathways and opportunities

The Finnish Heart Association rehabilitation and themed courses

The Finnish Heart Association organises various rehabilitation courses with the support of the Slot Machine Association. The courses are either longer-term rehabilitation courses or short-term themed courses.

The courses are aimed at supporting the participants’ ability to enjoy their life at its fullest despite their illness. Courses also allow them to share their own experiences with others who are in the same situation.

The courses are intended for people of all ages and primarily for newly diagnosed cardiac patients. The courses last for about five days and are organised in rehabilitation centres around Finland.

Rehabilitation for different patient groups

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Following pacemaker implantation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Aortic diseases
  • Heart sarcoidosis

The Finnish Heart Association has various member organisations including:

  • Cardiomyopathy patients (Karpatiat ry)
  • Organisation for the advancement of the rights of congenital heart defect patients and their loved ones (Sydänlapset ja -aikuiset)
  • Organisation for the advancement of the rights of heart and lung transplant patients and their loved ones (SYKE ry)
Further information:

The Finnish Heart Association or Hämeenmaan Sydänpiiri ry (in Finnish): Health Manager Jaana Niemelä, jaana.niemela(at)hameenmaansydan.fi, Tel. +358 (0)50 560 9446

Kela

Kela organises rehabilitation for people in work, returning to work, in rehabilitation, and for students and non-working people and their loved one(s).

Discretionary rehabilitation courses support sick and disabled people and their families in many life situations. Courses last for 3 x 5 days and they are spread over a year. Courses are held in rehabilitation centres around Finland.

Rehabilitation can be applied for using the Kela form KU132. Kela expects the application to be accompanied by the B-statement for medical rehabilitation. Heart patients who work can also apply for rehabilitation benefit for the rehabilitation period.

More information on Kela rehabilitation: www.kela.fi

Tulppa

Tulppa rehabilitation groups are intended for people of all ages with coronary heart disease. In a Tulppa group, patients find information about their illness and its treatment and guidance for self-care, especially nutrition and exercise. In addition, they receive support from both mentors and fellow patients.

The goal is for the patient to have a high quality of life despite their heart disease. The groups are led by health professionals. Many of the groups also include a peer tutor who has experienced heart disease themselves.

A group can accommodate up to ten participants at one time. The groups meet ten times, once a week. This is followed by a reunion after six months, and another one after 12 months.

In total, the rehabilitation group meets 12 times. The patient should allow about 2-3 hours for each meeting.

Contact your local health centre for more information.

Vocational rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is provided by Kela, occupational pension insurance institutions and other private vocational rehabilitation service providers. The various vocational rehabilitation options offer the patient a wide range of ways back to employment.