PT is healthcare specifically designed to evaluate, diagnose and take care of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Our Physical Therapy staff treat pain, disease or injury, recovery from surgery with specially designed exercises and equipment, help restore movement to traumatized and weakened limbs, and promote independent living and provide patient and family education in the prevention of injuries.
Common problems treated by Physical Therapy are:
- Total joint replacement
- Fractured hips
- Stroke and loss of mobility
The goals of PT are:
- Reduction of pain
- Improvement of body movement
- Maintenance of Mobility
- Overall improvement in health
Commonly referred to as OT, this therapy is designed to enable people with limitations or impairments to participate in the activities of every day life. At the Masonic Care Community our team works to evaluate and treat individuals whose ability to function may have been limited or diminished through normal aging, illness, acute injury, elective surgery or developmental disability. Treatment goals in OT include functional independence, prevention of disability and maintenance of wellness.
Our OT services include:
- Education and training in daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, and eating
- Therapeutic adaptations, such as assistive equipment and physical environment design
- Sensorimotor treatment in strengthening, endurance, range of motion, coordination balance and functional mobility
- Prevention and health promotion through energy conservation, body mechanics and joint protection/preservation
- Compensation for sensory loss
Speech and Language
Speech-Language Pathologists identify, evaluate and treat a wide range of speech, language and swallowing disorders resulting from a variety of diagnoses such as Parkinson’s Disease, laryngectomy, stroke, head injury, memory impairments, voice disfunctions, dysphagia and stuttering to name a few.
Treatment goals in Speech/Language/Swallowing Therapy can target improved verbal/written expression, auditory/reading comprehension, memory, voice, fluency and the ability to improve swallowing. The Speech Pathologist works with the patient, care team and family members to prevent impairments, to target meaningful goals to improve function and maintain skills taught during therapy.
Examples of Speech/Lanaguage/Swallowing Services at the Masonic Care Community:
- Aphasia Therapy to improve communication skills after a stroke or other neurological incident.
- Cognitive-Linguistic Therapy which focuses on improving memory, problem solving, and orientation to increase independence.
- Voice Therapy to improve vocal quality, breath support and to prevent vocal pathologies.
- Dysarthria/motor speech therapy to improve speech production and articulation.
- Evaluation and training of augmentative communication (non-verbal communication aides) such as communications boards, memory books, or speech generating devices.
- Dysphagia (swallowing) therapy including therapeutic exercises, Deep Neural Pharyngeal and Thermal Stimulation, diet modification, and caregiver/family
Outpatient P.T., O.T. and S.T. services are available to any individual that has initially been through the inpatient Short-Term Rehab program. Outpatient services are generally implemented on a step-down basis.