North American Health Care, Inc.’s serviced client facilities have experienced rehabilitation teams that strive to provide the highest quality of care for residents. Patients are empowered through individualized programs to reach goals of increased independence. Patient families are also encouraged to participate in therapy sessions.
Physical therapy focuses on identification, prevention and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain, as well as future injury prevention. Following evaluation, the physical therapist develops an individualized treatment program.
The therapist duties can include:
• Increase strength and mobility in the body and lower extremities
• Increase motor control for residents who have suffered a stroke
• Improve coordination, balance and the ability to walk following a fracture
• Improve overall strength conditioning and endurance
• Pain management
• Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury
• Promoting safety awareness for the well-being of the resident
Occupational therapists use task directed activities in the treatment of patients whose functional abilities and independence with activities of daily living have been impaired by illness, injury or normal aging. Occupational therapy assists patients in adapting to their social and physical environment by mastering tasks essential for daily living. Occupational therapists may work with patients who have debilitating arthritic conditions or those with difficulty bathing, dressing and other activities of daily living. They assist patients with impaired vision and/or hearing to function well in their environment.
Areas of treatment may include:
• Functional independence - eating bathing, toileting, homemaking, cooking
• Maintenance of wellness - dressing, grooming
• Prevention of further disability - home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment
• Increasing safety awareness
Speech therapists provide a continuum of services including assessment, education and treatment for language, voice, articulation and fluency disorders. Each facility’s treatment programs are directed towards improving communication skills and safe swallowing. They assist in rehabilitating patients who struggle with comprehension, memory, processing and expression abilities. They also instruct the patient or the caregiver in the techniques ranging from head positioning, to promoting safe swallowing at a slower rate, to clearer speech. Patients are taught how to compensate if they cannot be re-habilitated to their prior level of performance.
Patients admitted to a North American Health Care, Inc. serviced client facility that are receiving nutrition partially or exclusively via a gastrostomy tube are evaluated for their potential to return to solid foods.
Speech therapists work to restore the following abilities:
• Improving speech and voice clarity
• Increasing comprehension and verbal expression
• Improving chewing and swallowing ability
• Maximizing cognitive language skills, like memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning
• Patient and family/caregiver education and training for managing ongoing difficulties with communication, cognition, and swallowing