The goal of Physical Therapy is to restore, maintain, or promote optimal physical function. After an initial evaluation, which includes performance and interpretation of standardized tests, physical therapists create individualized therapy plans to address each resident’s needs. PT uses treatment techniques which can help to improve mobility, strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, and even reduce pain. Such techniques can include: therapeutic and aerobic exercise training, neuromuscular re-education, thermal modalities, and manual techniques.
Occupational Therapy services also begin with a thorough assessment of the resident’s ability to care for themselves and any underlying physical and cognitive impairments that are impacting their performance with their activities of daily living. Treatment may include environmental modifications, recommendation for adaptive equipment and training in its use, low vision retraining, and contracture management through splinting/positioning. The goal of OT is to assist residents to regain the skills or to adapt to the environment to maximize their optimal level of independence.
Speech-Language Pathologists at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for individuals with impairments in speech, language, swallowing and cognition (memory, attention, problem solving). Standardized assessment tools are utilized with attention to the goals of the individual. Treatment may include traditional or cutting edge interventions that are designed to optimize the function of the individual. These can include specialized programs such as Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Technique for Parkinson’s Disease, Biofeedback for dysphagia, Vitalstim-neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing and Videoflouroscopic instrumental swallow exams. Our SLP team has extensive training and knowledge in providing services to older adults. We feel confident that the best LTC SLP services can be found at HRC.
Therapy often includes teaching residents, families, and caregivers about procedures as part of the resident’s on-going program and to carry over gains and prevent further functional decline. Treatment plans are individualized and the frequency and duration of therapy services are determined by the therapist depending on severity of condition and medical necessity. Services provided in long-term care must be medically reasonable and necessary. Therapy Services are always ordered by a Physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Therapy services are indicated when there has been a change in functional status, requiring the assessment and skills of a Physical, Occupational or Speech/Language Pathologist.
Residents participate in goal setting and are encouraged to make therapy a priority in their schedule.