Recovery is a journey, and an important part of the journey is being able to do the things you could do before your injury, illness, or surgery. Rehabilitation therapy from VNS Health helps your loved one regain and relearn the skills they need — all from the comfort of home.
Providing rehab therapy in a home setting offers a unique chance to work one-on-one and focus your complete attention on a single patient. You’re totally present with the patient and truly able to provide quality care.Joe Gallagher, Director of Clinical Operations Support at VNS Health, former physical therapist and rehab instructor
Our highly trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists use the latest medical knowledge and the most up-to-date tools to provide hands-on care. That way, you can be confident that your loved one is receiving the best treatment.
At VNS Health, your loved one’s rehabilitation therapist will help create goals for recovery and work with their doctor and VNS Health nurse to create a plan of care unique to them. With rehabilitation therapy, your loved one will develop skills and build confidence to regain independence.
How Therapy Helps Your Loved One Meet Their Goals
VNS health physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists are committed to helping your loved one achieve their goals — whether that’s buttoning a shirt, walking around the block, or speaking clearly.
Watch our rehabilitation specialists in action as they care for patients and help them meet their goals.
What Kinds of Therapy Does VNS Health Offer?
Each patient is unique. That’s why VNS Health offers an array of options when it comes to rehabilitation therapies and helping your loved one get back on their feet.
Physical therapy is ideal if your loved one is recovering from surgery, injury, or hospitalization, or they are navigating a chronic condition. Everyday activities like walking up and down stairs, getting up from a chair or off the toilet, and reaching a high shelf can be challenging. However, they are necessary to day-to-day life. That’s where VNS Health physical therapists come in. They can help your loved one build strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
What Happens During Physical Therapy?
VNS Health physical therapists support your loved one by:
- Assessing their home for safety
- Ensuring that they are following instructions after a surgery
- Determining whether they would benefit from a cane or walker (and making sure they know how to use it safely and effectively)
- Suggesting ways to save energy and limit strain on joints and muscles
- Making sure they can get in and out of bed and a chair safely
- Teaching them how to navigate stairs and curbs
- Creating exercise programs for strengthening, improving balance and coordination, and increasing activity
- Screening for fall risks
- Educating you and any other caregivers
Occupational therapy is great for patients after a physical injury or stroke and for people with conditions such as brain cancer, neurological conditions, diabetes, or arthritis. Occupational therapy helps people regain the fine motor control needed for buttoning a shirt, using a spoon, or working a jigsaw puzzle. If your loved one has trouble with these, occupational therapy can help them regain the ability to perform everyday activities on their own.
What Happens During Occupational Therapy?
VNS Health occupational therapists visit your loved one at home to help them:
- Adapt their day-to-day routine to meet their abilities after an injury or stroke
- Improve their fine motor, visual, cognitive, and perceptual skills to ease tasks like buttoning a shirt, putting on shoes, cutting food, brushing their teeth, or writing their name
- Learn how to use special equipment or strategies to complete basic tasks safely
- Recover quickly using exercises, wheelchair seating and positioning programs, and modifications to their home
- Educating you and any other caregivers to support your loved one and keep them safe
Speech therapy (also called speech-language therapy) is ideal for patients with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, a head or brain injury, head and neck cancer, stroke, or serious long-term illness. Speech therapy can benefit patients of all ages — and it includes more than speaking. If your loved one is recovering from a stroke or brain injury, or they are navigating an illness that impacts the muscles that control swallowing, speech therapy can help
What Happens During Speech Therapy?
Although the primary goals are to help your loved one relearn how to speak and improve their ability to form words and sounds, speech therapy involves much more than that.
VNS speech-language pathologists can help your loved one:
- Strengthen the muscles of their mouth, neck, and face to speak more clearly and to avoid problems like choking or coughing
- Follow personalized swallowing programs
- Find other ways to communicate after a stroke, including gestures and facial expressions
- Use strategies to reduce frustration when communicating becomes difficult
- Understand and process what other people say to them
- Read, write, perform calculations, and remember things
- Adapt to day-to-day activities
A Combined Effort for Success
At VNS Health, our rehabilitation specialists are dedicated to supporting your loved one as they achieve their individual goals. This may be moving from the bedroom to the kitchen, walking to the park, or playing with their grandchildren safely. Whatever their goals are, VNS Health is here to help.
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