Our rehabilitation services are provided by licensed Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists. In addition, our team includes Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTAs) who supplement the licensed therapist staff.
Having a complete therapy team in each nursing center allows patients to benefit from a team approach to therapy. We believe this to be more advantageous than seeing just one therapist or therapy discipline at a time such as typically happens in an outpatient or home care setting.
Consistent repetitive therapy is important for an effective and timely recovery. Receiving care and rehabilitation in a skilled nursing center provides the opportunity to receive therapy more than once a day and at times that are optimal for you. If you need time to loosen up in the morning, therapy can be done in the afternoon. If your health is such that you get tired in the afternoon, therapy can be scheduled in the morning. Although being at home may seem convenient the usual reality is that when receiving therapy from a home care agency the therapist will stop in on their schedule dictated by their travel route. If you are tired or not feeling well when they arrive you may not have a productive session and will not likely have an opportunity for a session later in the day.
Roles of the Therapy Team Members
Physical Therapy is provided by licensed Physical Therapists (PTs) who evaluate each patient and design a custom activity and exercise plan that will allow the patient to build strength and improve their range of motion of limbs and joints. Physical therapists help reduce pain, restore functional ability and prevent disability. The current educational requirement for newly graduated PTs is at the doctoral level although many existing PTs have a bachelor's and master’s degree. Licensed Therapists are assisted by licensed Physical Therapy Assistants who are educated at the associate's degree level.
Occupational Therapy is provided by licensed Occupational Therapists (OTs) who perform evaluations and help customize therapy that improve patient’s abilities to perform daily tasks ranging from self-care to recreational or occupational activities. In addition, OTs design treatment plans and assist patients to improve function, visual, cognitive, and general coordination skills. The ultimate goal of occupational therapy is to facilitate a patient’s ability to perform with the highest degree of independence possible. OTs are typically educated at the master’s degree level. They are often assisted by licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) who are typically educated at the associates degree level.
Speech-Language Therapy is provided by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who address communication, cognition, and dysphagia (swallowing) deficits that may be due to injury, illness or chronic decline. Speech Language Pathologists provide therapeutic interventions to improve receptive and expressive communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders and speech impairments due to various types of medical conditions and disorders. SLPs also establish communication systems for patients with hearing impairments, and for those requiring alternative communication systems. SLPs play a primary role in the evaluation and treatment of adults with swallowing disorders.