While in the hospital she underwent surgery. The surgery went well and when the time came for her to leave the hospital the doctor informed Dolores that she needed to stay in a rehabilitation facility so she could receive therapy.
Dolores, like many other seniors who are in need of inpatient rehabilitation, was eager to get home and wasn’t looking forward to staying in another institution before she regained her independence. But after her rehabilitation, she was so thankful that she went! Her range of motion and strength were increased during her stay and she could feel the difference. The physical therapist also gave her exercises to do at home so she could continue to heal and improve her flexibility.
Dolores’s experience is reminiscent of many other seniors’ encounters with physical therapy.
What causes the need for physical therapy in seniors?
- Illness: During an illness, there is a weakness that comes from long periods of inactivity.
- Injury: An injury can cause severe weakness not just in the injured part of the body, but in the areas that are compensating for the injury.
- Surgery: After planned or emergency surgery, physical therapy is needed to facilitate recuperation.
- Falls: Seniors may simply trip and fall, but they also fall because of the effects of osteoporosis. In either case, physical therapy is part of the healing process.
What does physical therapy do for seniors?
- Maintain range of motion
- Increase strength
- Improves circulation
- Prevents future falls
- Reduces pain
- Supports independence
- Maintains balance
If the senior in your life is prescribed therapy, do not skip it!
At Pickering Manor, we lovingly provide physical therapy as part of our sub-acute rehab services. Therapy is offered to our long term residents and our short-term residents who stay for rehabilitation. If your loved one is in need of inpatient physical therapy, contact Pickering Manor today.