Rehabilitation therapy comes in many forms, but the overall goal is to help people lead better lives. This is done by teaching ways to cope with a certain health situation, guide seniors through recovery or improve quality of life in one way or another. While some nursing homes only focus on long-term care as a way for children make sure their dependent parents are taken care of, these kinds of centers can lead to further dependency. This is why focusing on rehabilitation therapy is highly important, and why it is such a valued part of The Arthur Home.
Old age is often associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis, which can limit movement or make movement difficult or painful. Physical therapy is can greatly enhance physical capabilities to prevent falls. Also, regular physical therapy can help recovery time following events such as a stroke or in those with a history of heart disease. Physical therapy can also help curb stress levels. Physical therapy for elder relatives is highly beneficial for the whole family, allowing more opportunities for relatives to engage and interact with each other without worrying about pain or extra discomfort. Seniors will feel more included when they can be taken on family trips, creating lasting memories with parents and grandparents. They will even be able to have a better time with younger children, an activity that is much more physically demanding.
Risks of a stroke are relatively high during senior years and in the case that it occurs, they are often likely to face speech impairments that will last longer than just a few months. This can lead to feelings of isolation because they can’t communicate with family, resulting in potential feelings of depression.
Speech therapy helps seniors re-learn oral skills and stimulates their memory so they can better remember words. The speech therapist engages in conversation with them to provide them with skills to better their social lives, as they may not have much as many speaking engagements as they did when they were younger. This is not only beneficial for them, but also their family since it allows members to engage in productive conversation with their elders.
Old age often comes with a lessened ability to perform various daily tasks such as dressing and bathing themselves, which leads to a lifestyle with dependency or lack of self-care. This inability to perform daily tasks can also coincide with injury or episodes such as stroke or heart attack. Occupational therapy seeks to correct this by helping them live self-sufficiently. They start off with simple things like assisting with meals and putting on clothes, and moves on to encourage them to take on other activities with the help of modified tools like eating utensils and handles for bathtubs.
These can have a positive impact when seniors move in with family because they no longer need any help or require less assistance than before. Instead, they can spend more time interacting with relatives and living a more normal life with less dependency.
The Bottom Line
Rehabilitation therapy is surely a step in the right direction to help senior relatives live comfortably. With an improved quality of life and increased independence, it is easier for seniors to connect with their families by sharing experiences together that didn’t seem possible before therapy. Long-term care doesn’t have to be the immediate solution. Give The Arthur Home a call to find out options for you or a loved one.