Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate and treat swallowing disorders to help individuals achieve a safe diet level, without risk of choking and aspiration, which supports nutrition and hydration. Speech-Language Pathologists also facilitate an individual’s ability to communicate (focusing on articulation, language, or voice) and perform cognitive tasks to increase their independence and safety within their living environment. Treatment plans are established based upon individual needs and may include:
- Recovery of speech, language, voice
- Memory and cognitive skills
- Verbal and non-verbal communication
- Oral muscle functioning and strength required for speaking and swallowing
- Swallowing management and diet recommendations
Occupational Therapists assist injured, ill, or disabled individuals in developing, recovering, improving, and maintaining their skills needed for completion of their activities of daily living (ADL). ADL include the tasks individuals perform every day, such as self-care, work, and leisure.
Occupational Therapists may optimize an individual’s ADL performance through:
- Facilitation of fine motor coordination, strength, and functional use of the extremities
- Education and training in self-care tasks, including eating, grooming, toileting, dressing, and bathing
- Training in compensatory techniques and/or adaptive equipment use to promote independence and ease with daily living tasks
- Assessment and training in safety within the home environment, including mobility, emergency response, and performance of self-care and home management tasks
- Wheelchair management and training to facilitate independent mobility
- Orthotic management to facilitate or maintain available range of motion
Physical Therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities in patients with injury or disease. In the SNF setting, Physical Therapists treat movement dysfunctions and restore physical health and functional abilities through:
- Therapeutic Exercises, including progressive resistive exercises (PRE), flexibility exercises, range of motion exercise, and postural exercises
- Static/dynamic balance training for sitting and standing activities to prevent or decrease risks for falls
- Education and training in the areas of bed mobility, transfers and ambulation including use of appropriate assistive device for mobility
- Use of therapeutic modalities, including ultrasound, diathermies, and electrical stimulation/TENS for pain management
Synchrony Rehab is paving the way for innovative and comprehensive rehabilitation services to be provided in a safe environment – at home.
Throughout the pandemic, we have all been working to find ways to help meet the needs of the residents while reducing opportunities for exposure to COVID-19.
Synchrony Rehab has successfully implemented Telehealth Therapy in various forms across campuses and facilities. Utilizing telehealth to provide services via Synchrony@Home, therapists offer a virtual home assessment and a combination of virtual or face-to-face therapy visits.
This model improves access to healthcare for patients returning home, reduces potential exposure to COVID-19, helps to mitigate the negative effects of social isolation, and promotes streamlined communication between therapists, patients and their family members.
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