Rehab therapies in the home
Very often after a hospitalization, the doctor will order rehab therapies through home care. These may include physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy. Depending on one’s specific needs, one, two or all therapies may be included.
Physical therapy focuses on one’s mobility and ambulation. Does balance need to be improved? Has one’s gait been impacted in an adverse way? Is strengthening a key goal? These are some of the areas that physical therapy explores and through a customized care plan, aims to improve.
Occupational therapy looks at one’s functional abilities. For example, is showering a difficult activity to accomplish? If so, how can one adjust the bathroom and one’s approach to ensure safe showering. Likewise, is dressing now difficult due to one’s dexterity and hand coordination. How can we improve that to enhance one’s independence? Is the home safe now given one’s limitations? Should adaptive equipment be implemented to improve one’s ability to function safely at home?
Speech therapy goes beyond the obvious help with one’s speech. It also assists with swallowing issues that may result from an illness, surgical procedure, or consequence of a stroke or dementia. Interestingly enough, speech therapists also work on cognitive skills, employing reading and writing exercises to improve one’s cognitive abilities that may have been impacted by a stroke, aneurysm or dementia.
The benefit of receiving these therapies in the home is immense. Seeing where one lives and performs daily activities of living enhance the therapists’ approach and recommendations for solutions. To learn more about receiving rehab services at home, visit http://nvna.org/index.php/services-programs/services-programs-home or call our rehab services department at 781.659.2342.