Our Physical Therapist will examine you and develop a treatment plan designed specifically for your health care needs. This treatment plan is developed to improve your flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.
Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It can include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Your physical therapist may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home.
Physical Therapy can include:
- Moist Heat/Cold Pack
- Electrical Stimulation
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Gait Training
- Neuromuscular Re-education
- Balance/vestibular training
Occupational therapy is treatment to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational Therapist work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists use work, self-care, and recreational activities to increase independent function.
Occupation Therapy can include:
- ADL retraining such as eating, dressing, and bathing
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Contracture Management
- Physical exercises, to increase good posture and joint motion as well as overall strength and flexibility.
- Instruction in protecting your joints and conserving your energy.
- Evaluation of your daily living needs and assessment of your home environment, with recommendations for changes that will help you continue your activities.
- Assessment and training in the use of assistive devices. Examples are special key-holders for people who have stiff hands, computer-aided adaptive equipment, and wheelchairs.
- Fitting splints or braces.
- Guidance for family members and caregivers.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists (Speech Therapists) provide a wide range of services. Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders.
Speech Therapy treatments may include:
- Cognitive aspects of communication (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving, executive functions).
- Speech (i.e., phonation, articulation, fluency, resonance, and voice including aeromechanical components of respiration);
- Language including comprehension and expression in oral, written, graphic, and manual modalities; language processing and phonological awareness.
- Swallowing evaluations (evaluation of esophageal function is for the purpose of referral to medical professionals);
- Voice (i.e. hoarseness (dysphonia), poor vocal volume (hypophonia), abnormal (e.g. rough, breathy, strained) vocal quality). Research has been proven to demonstrate voice therapy to be especially helpful with certain patient populations, such as individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, who often develop voice issues as a result of their disease.
- Sensory awareness related to communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive functions.
A long-term care ombudsman helps residents of a nursing facility and residents of an assisted living facility resolve complaints. Help provided by an ombudsman is confidential and free of charge. To speak with an ombudsman, a person may call the toll-free number 1-800-252-2412.