The Home’s physical therapists design an individual plan of care for each resident/patient so that they may achieve the highest quality of life. Maintaining individuals at their maximum level of functional independence involves decreasing their pain, and increasing their strength, flexibility, gait, and safety awareness.
Occupational therapists use meaningful, purposeful activity to help residents/patients increase or maintain their highest level of independence. Areas of treatment include self-care or activities of daily living, wheelchair mobility, contracture management, energy conservation, adaptive equipment, safety, and caregiver training.
Individuals with communication and swallowing deficits benefit from working with the Home’s speech therapists. By improving speech patterns and/or providing instruction in the use of speech assistive devices, the therapists enhance residents’ ability to communicate with staff, family, and friends. The speech therapist also performs swallowing evaluations and treatments, identifying a person’s level of swallowing and recommending specific diet choices and swallowing/feeding strategies. This ensures that the person is able to eat safely, and maintain or improve their nutritional status.
Functional Maintenance and Exercise Program
The functional maintenance and exercise program continues the work with the therapists and achievements reached by residents/patients. Under the supervision of the therapists, rehabilitation aides administer individually designed programs for each patient that address pain management, maintain or increase strength, endurance and flexibility, and improve their ability to ambulate.
Other Programs and Services
Herbst Fitness Center is available to residents (with medical approval) and staff. Individualized exercise programs are designed to increase strength and endurance. Participants may work out on treadmills, exercise bicycles, and strengthening equipment that utilizes air pressure versus weights for resistance, or use free weights and exercise balls. Cardio equipment comes complete with televisions.
Massage therapy reduces tension, stress, and pain.
Aural rehabilitation delivers communication strategies for residents with hearing-loss.
Rehabilitation clinic, with physicians (physiatrists) specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation.