Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy
Rehabilitation Services for the Aging Community
Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services can be beneficial for people with dementia as well as their families and caregivers.
Our rehabilitation services have much to offer to maximize function, manage day-to-day activities, reduce caregiver stress and improve the quality of life for all. Most importantly, physical, occupational and speech therapy can help your loved one to be as functional as possible for as long as possible to delay or prevent him or her from requiring care at a nursing home or assisted living facility.
One of the biggest benefits of physical therapy for the elderly is the reduction in the number of falls your loved one may experience. People with dementia or a developmental disability are at greater risk for falls and mobility problems due to muscular weakness, balance deficits and cognitive impairment. Safe physical activity, including exercise, will maintain strength, balance and the ability to walk and get into or out of a chair or car.
- Improved balance
- Improved muscle strength
- Improved mobility
- Reduction in pain
A physical therapist can assess your loved one's ability to walk safely and perform other functional tasks. The therapist can also evaluate your loved one’s risk for falls. The therapist will develop a treatment program, including exercise, to help maintain your loved one's current abilities, which also will reduce the burden on the caregiver.
People with dementia often exhibit challenging behaviors during bathing, toileting, dressing and eating. Even if you believe your loved one now has a limited ability to learn new things, dementia occupational therapy treatment can be helpful. An occupational therapis can provide instruction for managing these daily tasks safely and with minimal stress.
Occupational therapists can also help prevent and manage the shortening of muscles or joints and train you in the overall care of your family member at the end stages, including proper feeding practices.
Speech-language pathologists assess a person's cognitive and communication abilities and recommend strategies to help manage difficulties. They also assess, diagnose and treat swallowing disorders associated with dementia.
Dementia speech therapy services can help your loved one maintain maximum function and independence for as long as possible and may delay or prevent your loved one from being placed in a nursing home or assisted living facility. A physician’s order is needed for all therapies. Please note that physical, occupational and speech therapy services are not included in our basic fees.
Call at 330-296-3214 or email us at AdultDay@colemanservices.org for more information and to schedule your free no-obligation tour of Coleman Adult Day Services.