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The Types of Rehabilitation Services for Seniors

As a provider of rehabilitation and extended stay nursing, nothing matters more to us than senior health. When you’re searching for the right care for you or a loved one, finding information should be simple. That’s why we put together this guide to understanding the most common types of rehabilitation therapy available today. We’ll discuss the benefits of each kind of therapy and give advice on choosing the care center that fits your needs.

Three Therapies to Suit Your Needs

Anyone who has had a surgery or sports-related injury is somewhat familiar with rehabilitation. But did you know that there are senior-focused therapies to address their unique needs? Here’s a quick breakdown of the three most common types of rehabilitation for older adults.

  • Physical therapy is exactly what it sounds like – a mode of care focused on restoring functionality to the body. Usually, this type of therapy will be employed following surgery or major injury to improve flexibility and strength in the affected area. Physical therapists create exercise regimens designed to help the body bounce back. To learn more about geriatric physical therapy, orthopedic therapy and other options, read this.
  • Speech therapy helps older adults in stroke recovery and those with other neurodegenerative conditions. Speech therapists coach each person with compassion and patience to help them communicate the way they want to. They can also help treat other issues, including swallowing disorders.
  • Occupational therapy has a lot of definitions – but in this context, it means helping seniors adapt to lasting health challenges that affect work, hobbies and daily living. In practice, this can take the form of fall prevention and tactics to adapt to hearing or vision loss. You can read more about occupational therapy for seniors

All three of these kinds of therapy share the same goal – to help folks like you or your loved one get back to the life you love. It’s also important to know that these therapies are frequently used in tandem. Post-stroke recovery, for example, might require physical therapy to restore balance, speech therapy to help with communication and occupational therapy for safer daily living.

Tips for Picking a Care Provider

When you’re picking a senior care center, there’s no replacement for research. But how do you know what to look for? Here are a few big factors to weigh when you’re making a senior care decision:

  • Find out what they specialize in. What does the community you’re considering advertise first? What do they mention most? If you’re looking for post-surgical recovery or long-term care, you might consider a community that offers other levels of service. You can often access all community amenities, even as a short-stay resident.
  • Consider the comforts. It doesn’t matter what amenities you have access to if those amenities are no good – so think hard about what conveniences you really want. A continuing care retirement community offering independent living may have more impressive creature comforts to offer.
  • Find out about the options. What kinds of floor plans are available to rehabilitation or health care residents? Are they shared, semi-private or private? Communities can provide you with a pricing sheet and give you a breakdown of the available choices.
  • Get a foot in the door. Seeing is believing. Reviews and phone calls with team members can’t tell you the whole story. When possible, try to get a personal tour during the week. You’ll get a better idea of what living there is like day-to-day.

Quality Care at Carnegie Village

Looking for top-quality senior care in Belton? Consider Carnegie Village. We provide classical comfort alongside 24-hour nursing support. Our experts will design a personalized care plan that puts your or your loved one’s health first.

We stand at the ready to respond to your questions and requests. Reach out online or call us today at 816-348-8815.