MANY DISCIPLINES — ONE GOAL
Once the patient is on the road to recovery, the rehab therapy team rolls into action. The team consists of physical therapists (PT), physical therapy assistants (PTA), occupational therapists (OT), certified occupational therapy assistants (COTA), a speech and language pathologist (SLP), and a rehab aide/technician, who work together based on the individual needs of each patient.
Physical Therapist assesses and treats impairments in strength and function that occur as a result of injury, disease, age-related degeneration, or environmental factors. Physical therapy treatments are performed by the physical therapist, or a physical therapy assistant who treats under the direction of the supervising physical therapist.
Occupational Therapist assesses the impact that a decline in function has in the patients’ ability to participate in their life by performing everyday tasks such as dressing and bathing, or being able to return to work or engage in previous hobbies. Occupational therapy treatments are performed by the OT (or a COTA working under the direction of the supervising OT).
Speech Therapist and/or Language Pathologist assesses language, cognition, and swallowing dysfunction. A Speech Therapist’s main goal is helping resident with swallowing difficulties. They will work with residents that may have modified diets to help them get back to eating the types of foods they love.
These three disciplines work together along with nursing, social services, activities, the business office, families, caregivers, and local communities to assess functional potential, and collaborate on the unique goals for every patient. Family members are essential contributors to this interdisciplinary rehab team, as they provide the background and detail of their loved one’s life to incorporate into our plan of care.