North American Client Services, Inc.’s client facilities have experienced rehabilitation teams that strive to provide the highest quality of care for residents. Patients are empowered through individualized programs to reach wellness goals. Patient families are also encouraged to participate in therapy sessions.
Occupational therapists use task-directed activities to treat patients with impaired physical mobility and struggle with routine activities. Occupational therapy assists patients in adapting to their social and physical environment by mastering tasks essential for daily living. Occupational therapists may work with patients who have debilitating arthritic conditions or those with difficulty bathing, dressing, and other activities. They assist patients with impaired vision and/or hearing to function well in their environment.
Areas of treatment may include:
• Functional independence - eating bathing, toileting, homemaking, cooking
• Maintenance of wellness - dressing, grooming
• Prevention of further disability - home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment
• Increasing safety awareness
Speech therapists provide a continuum of services including assessment, education, and treatment for language, voice, articulation, and fluency disorders. Each facility’s treatment programs are directed towards improving communication skills and safe swallowing. They assist in rehabilitating patients who struggle with comprehension, memory, processing, and expression abilities. They also instruct the patient or the caregiver in the techniques ranging from head positioning to promoting safe swallowing at a slower rate, to clearer speech. Patients are taught how to compensate if they cannot be rehabilitated to their prior level of performance.
Patients receiving nutrition partially or exclusively via a gastrostomy tube are evaluated for their potential to return to solid foods.
Speech therapists work to restore the following abilities:
• Improving speech and voice clarity
• Increasing comprehension and verbal expression
• Improving chewing and swallowing ability
• Maximizing cognitive language skills, like memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning
• Patient and family/caregiver education and training for managing ongoing difficulties with communication, cognition, and swallowing