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Three Types Of Beneficial Rehabilitation Therapy

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.

Physical therapy

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.

Speech therapy

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.

Occupational Therapy

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.

Nurses’ Corner

The holiday season is upon us!! We here at The Arthur Home hope everyone has had and continues to have a safe and happy holiday season!! Our facility is looking very festive and the residents are really enjoying the decorations and the carolers!

With all of the excitement of the holidays, times can also be very stressful. Stress comes in many forms, and can have a negative effect on health if it continues too long or feels overwhelming (USDVA, 2015). Many tools are available to help you manage and reduce your stress. Here are some basic stress management suggestions you can use to help reduce stress this holiday season (USDVA, 2015):

  • Physical Activity – Take a brisk walk or engage in other physically demanding activities. This may reduce your stress. Regular physical activity is best.
  • Relaxation Training – Learn relaxation and mindfulness skills. these skills can assist you to manage the arousal that is associated with stress, and daily relaxation may protect you from at least some of the consequences of stress.
  • Expression – Speak up in respectful ways. Sharing thoughts and feelings in an assertive and respectful manner can sometimes help buffer stress. Keeping those thoughts inside can increase your stress.
  • Time Management – List what needs to get done, make plans for addressing issues, and stick to the plan. there are several self-help books on time management at libraries and book stores.
  • Positive Thinking – Stress is often associated with negative, self-critical thinking. Focus your attention on positive thoughts about yourself, favorite songs, poems, favorite prayers, or hobbies.
  • Pleasant Activities – you may be experiencing the effects of stress if you are not making time for fun in your life. Plan to have regular, enjoyable activities and see if this buffers your stress.

Again, we wish everyone a very blessed Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

Jessica and Alicia

Nurses’ Corner

Nurse holding hand _for blog 12-2-15We have undergone many new changes in the nursing department at The Arthur Home over this last month! Crystal Stiner has decided to move forward in her nursing career. I thank her for all of her contributions to the facility and wish her all the best of luck in her future endeavors!

I was honored to be asked to step up into the Director of Nursing position! I have the privilege of working with an amazing group of people all throughout this facility. Together, I think we can make some great changes in the right direction for The Arthur Home!

I am happy to announce that Alicia Howard has agreed to accept the Assistant Director of Nursing position. I am very excited to have her by my side! She brings forth many great ideas and is an incredible asset to the team.

I appreciate all of your patience in this time of transition. I am so very grateful to have such an amazing, hardworking staff, and appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our wonderful residents!

Thanks!

Jessica Alumbaugh, RN, BSN, DON

P.S. – As winter approaches, so does that dreaded time of the year for colds, flu, and pneumonia! Please remember to practice proper hand washing techniques diligently to protect our staff, residents and guests. Thank you.