Our organization contracts with a third-party rehabilitation services provider for rehab services. Our team consists of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists, along with the patient and his/her family. This experienced and caring team of rehabilitation professionals assist in goals for recovery with individualized treatment based on physical limitations, abilities and goals.
Movement is the main focus for physical therapy. This includes bed mobility, wheelchair mobility, transferring from bed to a chair or toilet, walking and using stairs. Physical therapists also instruct patients on the use of a walker or cane, maneuvering a wheelchair with one hand and on safe transfer techniques. They also work with patients to decrease pain and improve strength, endurance, balance and range of motion.
Physical therapy assessments include: joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of heart and lungs, and performance of activities of daily living.
Treatments include: therapeutic exercise, modalities, and manual therapy.
Occupational therapists help patients become more independent by teaching new ways to perform daily tasks, such as making breakfast, dressing and even brushing hair. Occupational therapists also teach patients how to protect their muscles and joints and increase their strength and endurance. When necessary, they provide training in the use of adaptive equipment, such as reachers and long-handled shoehorns. Home evaluations are conducted to assess for safety issues.
Occupational therapy has been found to: shorten recovery time, improve function and help people become self-sufficient, reduce the risk of elderly falls, and reduce disability in those who have suffered from stroke.
Occupational therapists help treat the following: brain, spinal and back injuries, neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis and Guillain-Barré syndrome, sensory disorders such as chronic pain and sensory loss, musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, skin disorders such as burns, and orthopedic conditions like hip fractures.
Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat patients for hearing, language, communication and swallowing disorders. The focus of speech therapy is improving speech-language expression, comprehension, oral motor skills for accurate speech production and strategies for safe eating. Experienced and certified speech-language pathologists work with patients with the following conditions: aphasia, cognitive deficits, swallowing disorders, laryngeal/esophageal cancer.
Individualized treatment programs are developed for each patient based on the type of problem he or she faces. The goals of the program are:
to educate patients and families on compensatory strategies and home programs, to facilitate communication skills and safe oral feeding/swallowing.
Diagnosis, treatments and assistance include: receptive language therapy (listening and reading), expressive language therapy (speaking and writing), speech production therapy, cognitive therapy (memory, problem solving, reasoning), assistive communication devices, modified barium swallow studies, and nutritional counseling.
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