Occupational Therapy plays an important role in the care of the elderly. In addition to early intervention, it can effectively prevent and delay the complications of chronic diseases. It can also reduce various functional impairment caused by chronic diseases. With the help of treatment and rehabilitation, participants can regain self-care ability and resume normal family and social life.
Aging is an irreversible and progressive process due to natural physiological changes of human body. The purpose of rehabilitation for the elderly is to maintain their mobility, promote self-care, with the goal of preserving dignity and enhancing quality of life.
The services provided by occupational therapist include stretching exercises, muscle strength training and muscle flexibility training. These types of rehabilitation programs can relieve pain and increase the coordination of body movement, therefore, help to maintain or improve range of motion of the joints. Center Occupational therapists can also provide additional information on proper usage of assistance device.
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As the number of Aging population continues to climb, Physical Therapy plays a vital role by providing personalized exercise programs (including type of exercise, intensity, duration, and frequency) to address common medical issues seen with the elderly, such as pain induced by chronic diseases and recovery after surgery. Physical Therapy can help elders reduce physical pain, restore and improve muscle strength, improve balance and coordination of lower extremities, and prevent falls. Rehabilitation department equipment and activities include Hot Packs, Paraffin Treatment, Exercise Peddler, Balance Group Exercise, Weight Training, and Stretching Group Exercise, as well as individual one-on-one treatments, as needed.
Through Paraffin treatment and person-centered exercises, symptoms such as soft tissue tightness and muscle weakness can be relieved. Physical pain can be effectively managed with improved muscle flexibility and greater muscle endurance.
It is imperative to minimize fall risk by strengthening participant’s cardiopulmonary function and maintaining participant’s optimal blood pressure with a strong rehabilitation program. Monitoring of participant’s vital signs and functional status also helps to effectively prevent functional loss and delay progression of chronic conditions.
After surgery or major operations, it is essential to provide appropriate functional exercises and balance training to restore or improve functionality of upper and lower extremities, so that our often frail elderly do not become dependent for their daily activities. The Physical Therapist offers guidance on transfer and ambulation techniques, provides education on how to use assistive device (such as walker, cane, etc) and on gait training to reduce fall risk. To further understand services provided by Physical Therapy, please visit:www.moveforwardpt.com