Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County offers skilled rehabilitative services like physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy from the comfort of home. VNHCH staff therapists say that it’s their preferred place to provide care due to its effectiveness and positive outcomes for their clients.
Rehab therapists are known for their patience, understanding, humor, and a thorough knowledge of the muscles of the human body. They spend their days helping improve other people’s lives. Every day, they provide help and hope to all ages and all manner of injury. From musculoskeletal issues, to joint pain, and stroke – they’re the cheerleaders for recovery.
VNHCH skilled rehabilitative services are provided by our physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) and speech therapy (SLP) staff. Whether you are recovering from joint replacement surgery, a stroke, or other related medical problems, our professional team is there to help.
What is Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is care that aims to ease pain and help patients function, move, and live better. Patients may need it to:
- Relieve pain
- Improve movement or ability
- Prevent or recover from a sports injury
- Prevent disability or surgery
- Rehab after a stroke, accident, injury, or surgery
- Work on balance to prevent a slip or fall
- Manage a chronic illness like diabetes, heart disease, or a
- Adapt to an artificial limb
- Learn to use assistive devices like a walker or cane
- Adapt to using a splint or brace
People of all ages get physical therapy. It can treat a variety of health problems.
What is Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapists enable people to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:
- An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
- Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
- An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
What is Speech Therapy
Speech therapy may be needed for speech impairments in adults caused by an injury or illness, such as stroke or brain injury. Speech therapy begins with assessment to determine the patients’ needs and the best treatment. Speech therapy exercises can help with speech, language, and cognitive communication.
Therapy may also include retraining of swallowing function if an injury or medical condition, such as Parkinson’s disease or oral cancer has caused swallowing difficulties.
Exercises may involve:
- Problem solving, memory, and organization, and other activities geared at improving cognitive communication
- Conversational tactics to improve social communication
- Breathing exercises for resonance
- Exercises to strengthen oral muscles