Physical therapy focuses on identification, prevention, and rehabilitation of individuals with physical impairment and pain, as well as future injury prevention. Following evaluation, the physical therapist develops an individualized treatment program.
Therapist duties can 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 a fracture
Improving overall strength, conditioning, and endurance
Teaching pain management
Teaching proper body mechanics to prevent injury
Promoting safety awareness for the well being of the resident
Our occupational therapists use task directed activities to treat patients whose functional abilities and independence with activities of daily living have been impaired by illness, injury, or normal aging. Occupational therapy assists our patients in adapting to their social and physical environments by mastering tasks essential for daily living. Our occupational therapists may work with 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.
Areas of treatment may include:
Functional independence – eating bathing, toileting, homemaking, cooking
Maintenance of wellness – dressing, grooming
Prevention of further disability – home assessments and modifications, adaptive equipment
Increasing safety awareness
Our speech therapists provide multitude 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 receiving nutrition partially or exclusively via a feeding 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
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
Bothell Health Care Rehabilitation Services has developed several treatment programs around the use of Therapeutic Modalities. The programs are based on scientific research to address the needs of aging adults and may be used to address the following conditions:
Pain Management | Swelling and Inflammation | Joint Replacement | Stroke Recovery Contracture | Arthritis | Slow Healing Wounds | Bladder Control | Strength and Balance
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Neuropathy | Muscle re-education.
These therapies are considered comfortable and pain-free for the vast majority of patients.
Uses electromagnetism to create deep tissue heating to help reduce pain, swelling, joint stiffness and muscle spasms, while increasing circulation and relaxation of muscle tissue. It may be used to treat symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries, slow healing wounds and arthritis, and connective tissue disorders such as scar tissue build-up and contractures.
Uses comfortable electrical waveforms to help manage pain and muscle spasms, while re-educating muscles, increasing circulation and improving strength. It may be used to treat symptoms associated with a variety of conditions such as bladder control, stroke and joint replacement.
Uses sound waves to create a heating effect surface in the tissues for relief of pain, swelling and muscle spasms. It can also help increase circulation and flexibility associated with conditions such as contractures, bursitis and tendonitis.