Whether rehabilitation is physical, occupational or speech, the patient needs to answer these important questions, “Do you know why you are in therapy? What are some goals you have set for yourself?” “What are some activities or tasks in which you would like to improve on?”
When the patient through therapy accomplishes that initial goal, a similar question is asked, “What is your next goal?” “What else or what more would you like to be able to do?
The above questions posed to patients undergoing therapies at Chilton Care Center are crucial ones, said Amanda Banker, Reliant Rehabilitation® director rehab/physical therapist assistant.
The rehabilitation department at Chilton Care Center is a contracted service with Reliant Rehabilitation®.
The therapy department at Chilton Care Center services long and short term residents, and individuals (outpatients) who reside in the community. The overall goal of rehab therapists is to assist clients in maintaining their independence.
Residents of the home requiring long term therapies might need to build up their muscular endurance and/or perhaps one’s standing endurance. Neuromuscular, orthopedic, and muscular-skeleton issues a few of the cases we deal with, said Banker.
Residents requiring short term therapies might be residing at the home following total hip or knee surgery. Short term therapy includes patients who recently experienced a stroke, fracture of the pelvis, arthritis, or Parkinson’s disease. Banker said short term patients are those who strive to achieve independence in daily living. Enabling short and long term rehab patients to reach the highest potential of independence.
The rehab department at Chilton Care Center also treats outpatients who come in from their homes. These patients could be vehicular accident victims, victims of occupational accidents, or falls. Often they are referred to the rehab department by their doctor. The intent is to rehab them back to their prior function of living, said Banker. Such therapy can mean strengthening their legs, arms, endurance, coordination, enabling them to stand up on their own, get out of a chair, and taking steps without the assistance of a walker.
Banker said in warm weather patients are taken outside and challenged to walk on the grass, sidewalks, up and down ramps and taking longer walks to build endurance. In any event, exposure to the fresh air is therapeutic in itself.
Team approach taken
Banker stressed that a team approach is always taken in treating patients. This demands constant communication and understanding among departments and working hand in hand with the disciplines of speech, occupational and physical therapy. Depending on the patient and the diagnosis we may work with all three disciplines or perhaps with only two, but in any case the treatment is patient specifi c, Banker said. For instance, a patient
Chilton Care Center resident Loyola Mertens, 90, exercises her upper and lower body on the parallel bars to gain strength in these areas. Amanda Banker, director of rehab/physical therapist assistant, monitors Mertens’ efforts.