Rehabilitation, or rehab, therapy refers to the therapeutic, healing treatment that an Alacare Home Health patient receives after an illness or injury. The illness or injury could be cancer, a stroke or an injury following a fall.
Alacare Home Health Therapists are specially trained and can assist patients in getting back to as full of a life as possible with the appropriate type of therapy.
PHYSICAL THERAPY – focuses on strengthening muscles and relieving pain. Physical rehabilitation treatments often include exercises tailored to a patient’s specific needs and goals.
- Evaluates and develops individual therapeutic plans for patients with mobility problems and functional limitations
- Aims to maintain and restore strength, increases endurance and range of motion, relieves pain and improves functional capabilities
Physical Therapy services include:
- Gait training
- Therapeutic exercise
- Transfer techniques
- Recommendation and training in assistive device use
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY – help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY – Speech rehabilitation therapy helps stroke patients and others with speaking difficulties relearn to communicate. Speech rehab also helps those who have experienced damage to their language skills such as some brain injury patients. Patients who experienced memory loss may have difficulty with the reasoning skills needed for forming coherent language. A qualified speech therapist may be able to help patients with memory loss and other conditions improve their ability to speak clearly with the aid of reading comprehension materials and other learning devices.
- Evaluates and develops treatment plans for patients with communicative and swallowing disorders
- Serves patients with speech and language impairment (aphasic post-CVA patients and those with memory and attention deficits not related to moderate to end-stage dementia)