Whether they’re recovering from an illness, or they simply want to preserve their mobility and strength as they age, seniors who take part in the physical and occupational therapy programs offered by senior living communities are more likely to accomplish their goals. Visit us online or schedule a tour to learn how we can help your family members increase their strength well into their golden years.
Seniors Need Therapy
As a person gets older, they’ll inevitably have age-related aches and pains—and with them comes diminished mobility. Without care, these limitations may become permanent. Thousands of people in assisted living communities face this unfortunate reality, but physical therapy may help them manage the pain and overcome mobility challenges. We’re here to help your loved one live a happier, healthier life; call us today.
Why Therapy Matters
Physical, speech and occupational therapies are a crucial components of a successfully assisted living care plan because they improve a person’s flexibility, mobility, and strength. Therapy for seniors offers the following benefits:
- Reducing the risk of falls. A common reason for seniors to need therapy is to recover from a slip and fall injury. Falls are a common cause of injuries among seniors, typically resulting in bone fractures. A community’s physical therapists can show seniors how to prevent falls.
- Decreasing the likelihood of injury. Therapy also helps seniors maintain stability while they’re mobile, creating situational awareness and decreasing the risk of re-injury.
- Minimizing pain from a chronic condition. Physical and occupational therapy may alleviate discomfort and pain from osteoporosis, arthritis, and other conditions.
- Reducing reliance on prescription drugs. Many seniors take an assortment of prescription medicines to manage chronic pain. However, regular physical therapy may reduce the need for these medications as well as the overall cost of care.
- Preserving self-reliance and independence. The faster a senior can recover from an injury or illness and manage their pain, the more likely they are to remain independent for as long as possible.
Whether you’re helping a family member recover from an illness or ensuring that they get the care they need, the team at Orchard Park at Southfork can answer your questions and address your concerns. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our senior living community.
What Kind of Therapies do Seniors Typically Receive?
Therapists are trained in various modalities that help seniors return to their healthy, active lifestyles as soon as possible. Therapy options include, but are not limited to:
- Geriatric therapy. This type of physical therapy emphasizes the unique needs of seniors, aiding in the treatment of balance disorders, joint replacements, osteoporosis, arthritis, and more. We’ll customize a program for your loved one, helping them regain their fitness, mobility, and pain-free life.
- Orthopedic therapy. Orthopedic physical therapists treat musculoskeletal injuries and help seniors recover from surgeries. Their goal is to restore the optimal function of tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and muscles, thereby allowing a senior to retain their mobility and agility.
- Cardiopulmonary therapy. When a senior suffers from COPD or has had a heart attack, cardiopulmonary therapy may increase functional independence and overall endurance.
- Neurological therapy. This type of physical therapy emphasizes the connection between the body and the brain. When a person has a condition such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or Alzheimer’s disease, neurological physical therapists provide memory care treatments that show them how to adapt to balance, mobility, and visual impairments in ways that allow them to complete the activities of daily living.
The therapy groups at Orchard Park at Southfork work to build stronger mind-body connections, helping residents adapt and thrive within their limitations. These proven techniques have shown great promise in treating those with brain injuries, strokes, and other physical impairments. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation and a tour of our community.
Giving Seniors the Help They Need to Stay Healthy and Active
Like most other retirement communities, we offer services to seniors who need various levels of care. With a large change, like moving to an assisted living community, many doctors are able to prescribe therapy. As far as physical therapy is concerned, independent and assisted living residents often receive the same kinds of services with one notable difference: assisted living residents may get a bit more help with self-care and daily tasks.
Orchard Park of Southfork is proud to support its residents’ holistic needs. With our wellness programs and amenities, we help seniors improve their health, stay active, and preserve their well-being. Don’t leave your loved one’s recovery to chance; choose an assisted living community that gives them all the care they need. Request additional information online or call today to book your tour.