At Haven Home Health and Therapy, many of the services we provide center around in-home skilled nursing. The other half of our services are related to in-home therapy. We offer physical, occupational, and speech therapies. But what are the differences between them and what do they include?
Physical therapy is probably the most familiar to most people. It involves working with a physical therapist to improve your strength, stability, and range of motion. It can help reduce the risk of falls and prevent future injury. People may receive physical therapy after an injury or surgery.
Our goal with physical therapy is most often a return to a normal life for the patient. The kinds of exercises your therapist might ask you to do will vary depending on what kind of issue they’re trying to fix. Your treatment plan may also include education for you and your family, recommendations for assistive devices, or a home safety evaluation. Physical therapy focuses more on the specific areas of the body and treat patients by helping improve strength, movement, balance, and overall mobility.
Occupational therapy is focused on helping patients perform the general activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include things like eating, bathing, and dressing. Your exercises will probably focus on techniques and tools that will help you complete these activities.
Our goal with occupational therapy is helping you to be as independent as possible. Exercises might focus on motor coordination, balance training, strength training, or other treatment programs that will help you do activities of daily living. There can be overlap between occupational and physical therapy, depending on what the patient’s needs are. Occupational therapy focuses more on the activities that the patient needs or wants to do. These programs might also include home safety assessments, education, and pain management.
Speech therapy focuses on conditions that affect the patient’s ability to talk, listen, read, write, and swallow. It can also help address issues with cognitive, thinking, and memory problems. Our therapists assess your condition and create treatment plans to help fix any issues.
Our goal with speech therapy is to maximize your functional independence in communicating and swallowing. We also want to reduce any risks of aspiration or choking, if that risk is present. Our therapists also work to educate you and your loved ones on your condition and its treatment processes.
No matter the type of therapy, all of the services we offer are personalized to fit each individual client. The treatments and exercises we provide will depend on what you need and what your health goals are. You can find more information about our home health services on our Home Health page. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using the links listed below.