After an injury or procedure, a rehabilitation plan may be put in place by the physician after a hospital stay. An ongoing condition such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or dementia, can make daily life harder to carry out without help. This is where rehabilitation communities and long term care can provide assistance with maintaining independence or working towards recovery.
In communities that offer rehabilitative care, they take a personalized care plan and maintain a regular schedule. Long term care is aimed to provide comfort and improve quality of life, while maintaining dignity.
How Skilled Rehabilitation Care Can Help
The best way to get someone back on their feet, is through physical therapy. Physical therapy is used to help build strength and mobility. Those with communication issues and swallowing troubles can benefit from speech therapy. In addition to treatment plans to help promote language, speech therapists can assist with alternative communication techniques and diet modifications.
Some mistake occupational therapy for being very similar to physical therapy. The key difference to keep in mind is that occupational may work to strengthen physical movements, this is for daily tasks like dressing, coordination, and memory exercises.
Recovery from a fall, stroke, or other ailment is made possible by the dedicated therapists who work one-on-one with seniors. Successful rehabilitation efforts allow them to get back to feeling themselves, and even back to active hobbies they had to pause.
When is Long-Term Care Necessary?
Long-term care is for those who need constant, around the clock care. Later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia would be a scenario for this level of care. Other situations of disability, severe pain, and injury that require daily assistance are the instances where long-term care would be put into a plan.
Long-term care can include physical, speech, and occupational therapy. In addition to therapists, licensed nurses also typically make up a multidisciplinary team of aides. The goal is to provide assistance, but also work to build independence as well. Socialization is worked on through the engagement of group activities.
Unique Programs and Specialized Services
At The Kensington Falls Church, we offer programs that are unlike any others.
- GRS Compass Program. Seniors experiencing memory loss, disorientation, communication difficulties, problems carrying out familiar tasks, drastic changes in behavior, and confusion receive this. The goal is to ensure these individuals can lead a safe journey as they advance through the stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
- Seniors Pursuing Active (SPA) Living. This comprehensive program is the combination of seminars, exercise classes, and workshops that are in place to help regain strength and improve overall health. Independence is strived for, using the focus on improving the body and the mind. SPA Living is for seniors who seek motivation, encouragement, and a course for successfully achieving optimal levels of wellness. This program involves a team with the cross efforts of physicians, physical therapists, physiologists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
- Brain fitness. This entails activities that exercise the brain and mental flexibility of residents. For those with mild cognitive decline and memory loss, this is the ideal fit for those in need of maintaining brain health and function.
- Balance in Action. Seniors at fall risk or recovering from a fall-related injury are subject to this program. Evidence-based risk management achieves balance and increased mobility to help reduce the risk of another fall.
While each of these have differing goals and means of achieving them, they all work for one common objective – to increase independence. In a compassionate and dignified manner, residents are given the chance for self-improvement and better levels of wellness.
Every resident is different, and will require an individualized approach. Our care after rehabilitation or therapy follows the same concept.
The Kensington works with your loved one’s physicians and their recommended care plans. Mental and physical health can be achieved, while still maintaining comfort and the true feeling of being home.
We hold a promise to love and care for your loved ones, just as much as we do our own. Family involvement is important and what we continually strive for as well. We want friends and family of our residents to be in the utmost confidence that their loved one is in healing and kind hands.
With assisted living and two neighborhoods for memory care, all levels of care are accessible. In addition to daily tasks and a regular schedule of wellness classes, nutrition and meal preparation is taken care of. Our dining menu is a robust and vibrant source of essential vitamins, minerals, and other dietary needs. The taste buds are given a taste of home-cooked and flavorful dishes.
If you would like to learn more about what makes The Kensington different, give us a call today. We are here to help with any questions you may have.