Injured yourself? Or face another health-care issue related to aging?
If so, it’s important to determine if therapy can help. It’s equally important to understand the differences among therapies.
What is occupational therapy?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., some accidents, injuries or diseases can make it difficult for older adults to participate in the daily activities they enjoy. Occupational therapists help to evaluate the situation and create individualized goals so you can resume or pursue personal goals. These therapists may ask what activities you enjoy participating in and how you would like to pursue your goals.
Occupational therapy can help with:
● Achieving goals seniors set for themselves
● Remaining healthy and independent in spite of a chronic medical condition
● Rebuilding independence through assistive devices
● Improving the ability to participate in daily activities such as driving, visiting friends, socializing and pursuing hobbies
What is physical therapy?
Physical therapists, according to the American Physical Therapy Association, are health professionals who treat those with health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform activities. They determine a plan of care based on their judgments about diagnoses while keeping their patients’ goals in mind.
Physical therapy targets different goals such as:
● Promoting the ability to move
● Reducing the amount of pain you face
● Restoring function that has been lost
● Preventing disability and progression of ailments related to movement
● Developing fitness- and wellness-based programs for a healthier lifestyle
Diakon Senior Living Services has a focus on wellness. Because of this, we offer an array of rehabilitation services, from physical and occupational to speech and orthopedic therapy. All of these services can be tailored to help you reach your highest potential while meeting personal goals.
Senior Care Transitions Liaison
Diakon Senior Living Services