Physical therapy work focuses on large muscle movements. Seniors with poor balance or decreased strength in their arms or legs could benefit from physical therapy sessions. Physical therapists work with seniors to increase or maintain muscle tone and endurance, giving seniors a better chance at performing tasks independently and decreasing their risk of falling.
Occupational therapy focuses on fine motor movements, as well as hygiene tasks. Seniors with mobility deficits because of arthritis or a stroke are likely to work with an occupational therapist as they learn new ways to complete daily tasks. Occupational therapists are especially good at finding adaptive equipment to return independence to seniors, which can positively affect self-esteem as well as body awareness.
SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY
Speech language therapy focuses not only on speech, as the name suggests, but also any language- or mouth-related concern. Seniors with problems swallowing or chewing food have great success when they work with a speech language therapist, as do seniors who have short-term memory loss. Speech therapists work with seniors on judgment concerns, language deficits, and other cognitive issues that arise at the onset of dementia or after a stroke.
BENEFITS OF THERAPY
Senior living residents who work with therapists are often able to do so either in their apartment or in a designated space of the senior living community. This easy access to therapy appointments often increases resident participation and engagement, as well as gives the therapist the chance to communicate directly with nurses and caregivers who are assisting the resident on a daily basis.
Senior living residents who work with therapists not only can decrease risk of falling and build their endurance to complete tasks with more independence, they can gain self-esteem and even recover from hospital stays more quickly.
Your senior living community can work with your loved one’s doctor to get a prescription for the therapy service; then, services will begin within just a few days. Most therapy services are short-term, with specific goals set after an initial assessment. However, restorative programs can be ongoing and just as important as other therapy works.
Aegis Homecare partners with senior living communities to offer therapy and wellness amenities that are designed to keep residents healthy and independent. If you think that your residents could benefit from therapy services, call Aegis at 480-219-4790