Therapy

What can Therapy do for you?

All therapy disciplines work to restore function to help you live as independently as possible, taking into consideration your current health status and living situation. Once a physician has made a referral to home care for therapy, the appropriate therapy disciplines are involved based on your diagnoses and deficits. Through teamwork and focus on each therapy’s specific area of expertise, treatment is carried out in a scheduled and progressive manner to achieve patient-specific goals. Once you achieve your goals and therapy has discharged, you will find yourself functioning at a higher level than when you started, with a sense of independence, dignity and an improved quality of life. At this point, families and caregivers also have a better understanding of how to provide care for you to maintain your new status and identify any future decline.

Physical Therapy

A comprehensive evaluation is completed by a licensed physical therapist with focus on the assessment of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Based on their findings, a personalized treatment plan is developed which includes treatment for you and education for you and your family or caregiver on safety and mobility. Treatments are carried out by a team of a physical therapist and a physical therapist assistant.
Areas which may be addressed are pain, strength, range of motion, balance, functional mobility (gait, wheelchair use etc.), gross motor coordination, sensation, edema, transfers, fall risks, safety, and educational deficits.
Treatments can include:

  • Customized exercise plans
  • Neuromuscular re-education, mobility training (including gait training and/or wheelchair mobility training)
  • Transfer training
  • Manual techniques
  • Modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, superficial heat, cryotherapy, Anodyne Light Therapy)
  • Home modification suggestions
  • Development of a home exercise plan
  • Recommendations for appropriate assistive devices
  • Education to not only the patient but the family and caregiver(s) as well.

 

Physical therapy goals are patient focused, collectively agreed upon by the patient, the family, the doctor and the therapist to allow for maximum mobility and functional potential.

Occupational Therapy

A comprehensive evaluation is completed by a licensed occupational therapist with focus on the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, hindrances to independence, and restriction on functional ability. Based on their findings, a personalized treatment plan is developed which includes treatment of the patient and education to the patient, family, or caregiver on safety and daily functioning.
Areas which may be addressed are pain, upper extremity strength and range of motion, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, feeding, coordination, vision and perception, cognition, sensation, energy conservation, joint protection, laundry, cooking/meal prep, adaptive equipment, safety and educational deficits.
Treatments can include:

  • Customized exercise plans (upper extremity focus)
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Bathroom specific transfer training (toilet, shower, tub)
  • Manual techniques
  • Modalities (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, superficial heat, cryotherapy, Anodyne Light Therapy)
  • Development of a home exercise plan
  • Recommendations for appropriate assistive & adaptive devices to assist with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • Home modification techniques
  • Cognitive training
  • Low vision rehabilitation
  • Development of a home exercise plan
  • Education to not only the patient but the family and caregiver(s) as well.

Occupational therapy goals are patient focused, collectively agreed upon by the patient, the family, the doctor and the therapist to allow for maximum independence and functional potential.

Speech Therapy

A comprehensive evaluation is completed by a speech language pathologist with focus on the patient’s ability to effectively communicate and safely swallow. Based on their findings, a personalized treatment plan is developed which includes treatment of the patient and education to the patient, family, or caregiver on swallowing safety and functional communication.
Areas which may be addressed are swallowing and eating, speech, language, voice, cognitive aspects of communication, sensory awareness related to communication/swallowing, safety, and educational deficits.
Treatment can include:

  • Swallow studies (to determine effectiveness of the swallow)
  • Eating and swallowing strategies
  • Speech Training (phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance)
  • Language Training (comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing)
  • Voice Therapy (hoarseness, volume abnormal vocal quality)
  • Cognitive training
  • Sensory Training (related to communication and swallowing)
  • Safety training
  • Development of a home speech and language exercise plan
  • Education to not only the patient but the family and caregiver(s) as well.

Speech therapy goals are patient focused, collectively agreed upon by the patient, the family, the doctor and the therapist. Speech Therapy goals incorporate safe and effective swallowing techniques to help reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia, and to maintain adequate nutrition and hydration. They also include working with family members or caregivers to provide strategies to facilitate and maintain functional communication.