Physical Therapy for Older Adults

  • 5 Physical Therapy Treatments Seniors Might Want to Avoid

    A physical therapist’s goal is to help their patients recover from injuries or surgery and improve their functional mobility. But for older adults, some treatments can be ineffective and even hinder the rehabilitation process.

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  • An Overview of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy

    Physical therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy: Learn the different types of geriatric rehabilitation services available, where they occur, and what exercises are used to help improve a senior's functional abilities.

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  • Elderly Rehabilitation: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy & Speech Therapy

    There are three main types of rehabilitative therapy for elderly people: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.

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  • Does My Parent Need a Senior Rehabilitation Center?

    When a senior needs extra help recovering from a surgery or hospital stay, choosing the right rehabilitative care ensures your loved one has the best chances of regaining their health and independence.

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  • A Typical Day in a Senior Rehab Facility

    After being hospitalized seniors are often prescribed a stay at an inpatient rehabilitation facility to help them get back on their feet. While the focus of their stay is rehabilitation, the services provided by a skilled nursing facility are not limited to therapy.

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  • Expert Advice: How to Choose a Mobility Aid for a Senior

    The wrong mobility aid can negatively affect a senior’s stability, cause posture problems and even result in pain. These devices come in all shapes and sizes, so selecting the right one and achieving a proper fit requires a professional’s expertise.

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  • Stroke Recovery: Getting Back on Track

    Stroke recovery can be especially daunting for family caregivers and can cause high levels of emotional and physical stress for both the stroke survivor and their caregiver. Use these expert care tips during the recovery and rehabilitation process.

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  • Family FAQ: Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilities

    When a senior must go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation following a surgery or hospital stay, it’s important for family members to understand the care transition, the new care plan and the rehab facility’s discharge criteria.

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  • The Right Rehab Program Dramatically Increases Mobility after Joint Replacement

    Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their mobility.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • What to Expect After a Hip Replacement

    You've found a surgeon you trust, scheduled the procedure, and figured out which senior rehabilitation center your loved one will be staying in, but are you prepared for what comes after the surgery?

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  • Do All Seniors Need Rehabilitation After a Hip Injury?

    A broken hip, hip injury or hip replacement in the elderly can be very painful and problematic. Both occupational therapy and physical therapy services will likely be necessary to reduce pain, maximize mobility and improve quality of life.

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  • Choosing a Transitional Rehab Facility for Elders

    If your elderly parent has broken a hip, had a stroke, had surgery or other common elder conditions, chances are they will stay in a rehabilitation center for physical therapy. Here are some questions caregivers can ask.

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  • Hip Replacement Surgery: How to Prepare and What to Expect

    Learn what hip replacement surgery involves and what you can do to aid in hip replacement recovery and rehabilitation.

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  • Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    Learn how PT, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy can help people living with dementia maintain their functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

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  • Senior Rehabilitation Settings and Levels of Care Explained

    Understanding the differences between inpatient senior rehabilitation and outpatient rehab services will help you avoid headaches when trying to find the best rehabilitation center for an elderly loved one.

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  • Caregiver Remedies for Senior Foot Pain

    Arthritis, poor circulation, neuropathy, gout and plantar fasciitis can cause seniors to experience foot pain and discomfort. Experienced caregivers share their tips for managing foot pain, which can improve a senior’s mobility and quality of life.

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  • Top Caregiver Remedies for Foot and Leg Cramps in Seniors

    Muscle cramps in the feet and legs can be very painful and typically become more common with age. Experienced family caregivers share their tips for preventing and relieving cramps and muscle spasms in elderly loved ones.

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  • Arthritis Top Tips: Diet and Exercise Can Minimize Inflammation

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using diet and physical activity to alleviate joint pain and stiffness.

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  • Prehabilitation for Surgical Procedures

    Many surgeries require some type of post-operative care and physical therapy, sometimes even in a specialized rehabilitation facility. The prehabilitation process focuses on helping patients go into surgery in the healthiest possible state to aid in healing and minimize their recovery time. Improvements in diet, exercise, and mental health can make a world of difference in a patient's recovery following a joint replacement, cancer treatment and other intensive procedures.

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