Celebrating World Physical Therapy Day is a way to raise awareness about the important role of physical therapists and how chronic pain therapies can keep people healthy and fit. This is especially true for the senior population, who need to keep moving in a safe way in order to maintain a good quality of life. Many accidents and surgeries result in older people requiring weeks, if not months of physical therapy support long after they have left a hospital environment.
Providing physical therapy services in Assisted Living Communities is even more crucial to allow a resident to leave the clinical setting as soon as possible and receive physical therapy in the comfort of their own home.
All Westmont Living communities offer specialized physical therapy through a program called TOUCH. It’s designed to help residents to maintain as much independence as possible via the three TOUCHstones: 1) Education, 2) Fitness and Wellness, and 3) rehabilitation.
- Education addresses the health and care issues that seniors face daily and includes healthy living lectures, wellness clinics, health fairs, and screenings. It can also include support groups and community presentations.
- Fitness and Wellness programs are designed to keep residents healthy for enhanced independence and quality of life. This can include working with a personal trainer, yoga, massage therapy, tai chi, or other specialized exercises.
- Rehabilitation means that on-site personalized, physical, occupational, and speech therapy services are designed specifically for each resident based on their unique medical needs.
Those who enjoy an active life in a senior living community have the peace of mind in knowing that they have a safety net in place that offers fall reduction programs, post-surgical therapy, low vision support, and cognitive behavioral management program.