Want to know a secret that many Lancaster PA-area seniors and their families do not know about local continuing care retirement communities like our Life Plan Community here at Homestead Village?
CCRCs often offer comprehensive rehabilitation therapy services for both Residents and the wider community.
We offer a full range of these therapies at Homestead Village in cooperation with our rehabilitation services partners, Genesis Rehab Services and Select Physical Therapy. And, you may be better off choosing a CCRC/Life Plan Community for rehab than a hospital-associated provider, depending on your needs and preferences.
Are you a family caregiver for a senior loved one suddenly tasked with finding the best possible rehab option? Know that we can alleviate some of the stress you’re feeling and help your loved one with a tailored rehabilitation program that is not too intense for seniors (as can be the case at some rehab hospitals who offer services for all age groups). Additionally, our providers even offer a unique pre-rehab program meant to prepare a patient for scheduled orthopedic surgery.
Today’s blog post offers a closer look at what rehabilitation therapy in Lancaster is like at a Life Plan Community like Homestead Village.
Following a planned surgery or an unplanned health emergency, rehabilitation therapy may be prescribed by a doctor to help a patient heal and prevent long-term problems from developing that can negatively impact quality of life. For seniors, the goal of rehabilitation therapy is often to ensure that a previous level of independence can be maintained.
There are many different types of rehab therapy designed to benefit different systems of the body, as well as the mind, memory, speech, and even an individual’s ability to care for their daily needs. If your loved one has experienced a health setback or a surgical procedure, their doctor may suggest therapy in one—or more—of the following areas.
Most familiar among rehab therapy types, perhaps, is physical therapy. Sometimes also called orthopedic therapy, these kinds of rehabilitation programs are designed to restore function for individuals who have experienced neuromuscular or skeletal injuries or surgery.
Physical therapists concentrate on helping rebuild strength and flexibility in muscles, tendons, and ligaments so that affected individuals can reclaim lost mobility and better enjoy life.
Physical therapy may take place in a variety of settings, such as gym/fitness center environments where light weight training work, balance activities, and much more are easy to achieve. Aquatic therapy is another popular physical therapy tool, which involves movement exercises in a specially equipped swimming pool. Here at Homestead Village, Select Physical Therapy utilizes our modern, indoor 26′ x 52′ therapy pool. Not all rehab resources have access to such pools, so it is essential to ask about this before choosing a physical therapy provider.
Speech-language pathologists provide treatment plans that can help improve communication issues, but they also provide several other proven therapies to improve swallowing function and even boost memory function. For individuals experiencing a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, speech therapy can be an excellent resource.
When performing activities of daily living (ADLs) becomes difficult, occupational therapists are ready to help adapt tasks and environments for better ease of use, as well as coach individuals through sensory-motor treatments to build better coordination, balance, endurance, and more. Many people think “occupational therapy” has to do with keeping people in their employment occupations. However, this type of rehab is so much more and can benefit people of all different ages and life stages.
When you have successfully completed a treatment plan in rehabilitation therapy, you may opt for restorative therapy over the longer term. For instance, your loved one may want to keep up low-impact aquatic therapy for all of its proven health benefits. Restorative therapists can work to help individuals preserve the optimum levels of functioning they have achieved in an earlier rehab program on an ongoing basis.
In short, rehab therapy at a CCRC/Life Plan Community provides a more personalized atmosphere for mature adults. The therapy plans offered in these settings are designed specifically for seniors. They focus not on how many therapy hours can be fit into each day, but on what is comfortable and achievable for the patient.
Because CCRC/Life Plan Communities offer an integrated continuum of care to Residents, healthcare providers within these communities deeply understand that everyone’s health needs change over time. These providers are dedicated to helping manage transitions, so that comfort and independence are prioritized. This nuanced approach is not necessarily present in all therapy scenarios, such as generalized rehab hospitals, where merely moving a patient through treatment as quickly as possible may be the ultimate goal.
For instance, at Homestead Village, we offer therapy sessions 5-6 times per week, depending upon clinical need. Therapy intensity is based upon clinical need—up to 2.5 hours per day. Compare that to a local rehab hospital, which must provide 3 hours per day.
Whether you or your loved one are a current Resident or a member of the broader local Lancaster community, Homestead Village provides one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the area.
Our partners, Genesis Rehab Services and Select Physical Therapy, both have licensed and experienced therapists offering a long list of treatments within our well-equipped Homestead Village Rehabilitation Therapy Center and outpatient facility. These include:
Whether you are preparing for orthopedic surgery, looking for pain management services and strength-building programs following surgery for yourself or a loved one, or you have been prescribed occupational or speech therapy as an older adult, we can help. Homestead Village abides by our THRIVE WHERE YOU ARE® philosophy, which encompasses promoting wellness for our Residents and friends in the wider community.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about rehab at Homestead Village and discover what it truly means to achieve wellness and live a happy, fulfilled life in retirement.