Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation services provide care to help maximize patients’ quality of life and restore them to the highest possible level of function. Such services include the roles described below.

  • Physical therapists. Physical therapists (PTs) help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. PTs examine patients’ strength, range of motion, and balance and coordination. Physical therapists develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and its anticipated outcome.
  • Occupational therapists. Occupational therapists (OTs) help people improve their ability to perform tasks of daily living. OTs may prescribe physical exercises or other activities to improve function. For example, a client with short-term memory loss might be encouraged to make lists to aid recall, and a person with coordination problems might be assigned exercises to improve hand-eye coordination. Occupational therapists sometimes use computer programs to help clients improve function. They also design or make special equipment needed at home. OTs develop computer-aided adaptive equipment and teach clients with severe limitations how to use that equipment in order to communicate better and control various aspects of their environment.
  • Speech and language pathologists. Speech and language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, fluency, and other related disorders. They also work with people who have difficulty swallowing.
  • Dieticians. Dieticians working in home health agencies provide instruction on grocery shopping and food preparation to the elderly, individuals with specials needs, and children.

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