Looking for rehabilitation in Peabody? Rehab is often crucial to maintaining and improving seniors’ quality of life.
There are three main types of rehabilitation for seniors. These are physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
At Twin Oaks, we provide all three services to the highest standards along with recreational therapy and respite care. Here is a quick guide to what you need to know.
Exercise can help seniors as much as it can help younger people. It is, however, important that seniors exercise in a safe and age-appropriate manner. In general, this means focussing on low-impact, non-contact forms of exercise such as yoga, pilates, and tai chi.
Additionally, participating in physical therapy programs can help seniors to maintain their very best physical shape for as long as possible. Our program of physical rehabilitation in Peabody is customized to the exact needs of each participant at any given time.
For example, seniors may initially start their rehabilitation program to help them regain function after an injury. They may continue it so they understand how to maintain their strength and range of movement. They may also want tips on how to avoid injury and/or reduce pain.
Occupational therapy helps seniors to maintain their independence. What this means in practice depends on the senior’s (preferred) lifestyle. This is why our program of occupational rehabilitation in Peabody is always created in collaboration with each senior (and potentially their family).
For example, some seniors may need help with basic self-care (e.g. washing/bathing, dressing, and eating). Others might need help to manage standard household tasks (e.g. preparing food).
Some, however, might be fine in the home but need help to be confident in social situations. Others might want to continue to work, at least in some capacity, and need help with that.
The ability to communicate is central to living a full life. It can become challenging for seniors due to the effects of the aging process. Possibly the most obvious example of this is that aging usually goes alongside both hearing loss and sight loss. This limits a person’s ability to pick up on both verbal communication and the visual clues which often go along with it.
Hearing loss and sight loss can often be counterbalanced with hearing aids and eyeglasses.
Sometimes, however, people need help to adjust to using these. Similarly, many seniors find themselves needing dental implants and/or false teeth. Again, it can take some time to get accustomed to these.
For some seniors, part of this process is learning how to speak clearly again.
Recreational therapy helps seniors to overcome any limitations they have (or feel they have). It, therefore, helps them to regain and/or maintain the confidence and skills needed to live life to the full.
Recreational therapy may focus on the physical, mental, emotional, and/or social aspects of the aging process. The service will be customized to the exact needs and wants of each senior, if relevant in collaboration with their family.