On the Banner Home Care team, there are many skilled therapists:
Physical Therapy is key to ensure patients, safety and independence as they recuperate at home. On the first visit, the therapist evaluates the patient and the home environment. That evaluation will be used to determine the best course of therapy.
Therapists visit patients anywhere from one to six days a week depending on the patient’s specific needs. Both education and exercise are key components of physical therapy.
Physical therapists can help with:
- Fall prevention
- Gait (walking) Training
- Home Safety Assessments
- Recovering from a joint replacement
- Endurance training
Occupational Therapy focuses on task-specific activities. This often includes strategies and exercises to improve bathing, dressing, meal preparation and fine motor tasks. The tasks on which occupational therapists primarily intervene are collectively called Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
Occupational therapists are experts in equipment needs. They can assist patients and families to determine what equipment best meets their needs.
Occupational Therapy can help with:
- Poor Upper extremity strength
- Frequent shortness of breath
- Loss of ability to perform self-care activities
- Inability to enter/ exit shower
- Need for home safety equipment
Speech Therapists address communication problems, memory problems, cognitive deficits, and eating/swallowing issues. They help those affected by memory loss, stroke, brain injury and throat surgeries.
Speech Therapists can help those who:
- Can not remember to take medications correctly
- Have impaired judgment in regards to safety
- Have difficulty using the telephone to set up appointments
- Have difficulty following directions
- Have difficulty chewing or swallowing food
- Are disoriented or confused
- Need training on tube feeding
- Can not communicate in a manner others can easily comprehend