Alvarado Care Center

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation

When you need short-term or rehabilitative care due to surgery recovery, fractures, stroke, or any other medical condition — your top concern is healing.  By providing Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy our goal is to help you achieve as much functional  independence as possible.  Upon entering our care we’ll develop a rehab plan and create therapy goals, together with you, for the duration of your stay. Each resident receives tailor-made treatment and care to progress toward their goals.  We’ll keep reassessing your progress to ensure you’re progressing efficiently and hitting your desired milestones.

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists focus on the identification and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairments to improve their ability to move, manage their pain as well as prevent future injury using a variety of techniques including hands-on therapy, strengthening, and stretching exercises, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice/heat, and much more. Our physical therapists work with patients who suffer from back and neck injuries, fractures, neurological disorders, work or sports-related injuries, and other conditions. Following an evaluation, the physical therapist develops an individualized treatment program depending on the injury, severity, and patient’s goals.

Areas of treatment focus may include:

Increasing strength and mobility in the body and lower extremities

Increasing motor control for residents who have suffered a stroke

Improving coordination, balance, and the ability to walk following an injury

Improving overall strength conditioning and endurance

Teaching pain management techniques

Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury

Assisting and training patients with the use of equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers

Advising the patient and family about in-home treatment options and exercise

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists use task-directed activities in the treatment of our patients whose ability to function has been impaired by illness, injury, emotional or psychological problems or normal aging improving their ability to complete activities related to both work and life using a holistic approach. Therapeutic activities assist our patients in adapting to their social and physical environment by helping them master tasks essential for daily living. Our occupational therapists may work with our patients who have debilitating arthritic conditions or those with difficulty bathing, dressing, and other activities of daily living. They assist our patients with impaired vision and/or hearing to function well in their environment and create a therapy plan and set goals designed by the patient’s needs.

Functional independence in ADL’s / IADL’s after illness or injury – Functional training on eating, bathing, toileting, grooming, dressing, homemaking, and medication management

Prevention of further injuries - Assessing a patient’s home and/or work environment and recommending adaptations to fit the patient’s needs and improve independence

Increasing safety awareness – Educating patients with energy conservation techniques, proper body mechanics and using adaptive equipment or assistive technology

Speech Therapy

Our speech therapists provide a continuum of services including assessment, education, and treatment for language, voice, articulation, and fluency disorders. Our treatment programs are directed towards improving communication skills and safe swallowing. We assist in rehabilitating patients who struggle with comprehension, memory, processing and expression abilities. We also instruct the patient or the caregiver in the techniques ranging from head positioning to promoting safe swallowing at a slower rate to clearer speech. We also teach patients how to compensate if they cannot be rehabilitated to their prior level of performance. Patients admitted to the facility that are receiving nutrition partially or exclusively via a gastrostomy tube are evaluated for their potential to return to solid foods.

Speech therapists work to restore the following abilities:

Speech and voice clarity

Comprehension and verbal expression and use of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication ) as needed

Chewing and swallowing ability

Cognitive language skills, like memory, problem-solving, and abstract reasoning

Patient and family / caregiver education and training for managing ongoing difficulties with communication, cognition, and swallowing.