Physical Therapy for Seniors in Assisted Living
In addition to the individualized care seniors receive at their Assisted Living community, some aging adults might also require regular physical therapy. Temporary physical therapy might be necessary after an injury or surgery while conditions such as osteoarthritis, Parkinson's Disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases might require a long-term treatment plan.
Benefits. Physical therapy for seniors is aimed at reducing/eliminating pain, improving mobility and balance, managing various vascular conditions, and avoiding surgery if possible. It is a great first step in overcoming any age-related malady.
What to expect. Whether your senior loved one resides in Independent Living, Memory Care, Respite Care or Assisted Living, their community should coordinate with the necessary health professionals to provide onsite services. The specific services will depend on your loved one's condition but can include walking, massage, stretching, strength training, or hydrotherapy. Physical Therapists (PTs) are board certified and licensed to carry out these treatment plans. Make sure you enlist a reputable PT from your primary care physician or other trusted source. Be prepared for an initial evaluation that will test range of motion, strength, and mobility. Most sessions will require free movements so make sure your senior loved one is dressed accordingly in comfortable, athletic clothing.
Results. The goal of physical therapy for seniors living in Assisted Living is to restore some level of independence through full recovery or ongoing management. Whether temporary or ongoing, these sessions are designed to strengthen an individual's overall health. If your senior loved one requires physical therapy treatment, make sure their community can accommodate these services and that the appropriate caregivers are involved in their progress. Find a community near you that works with outside health professionals and can accommodate your loved one's unique needs.