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Therapy

Speech Therapy

At Porchlight VNA, our Speech Therapists will develop a program that can help strengthen the muscles of the mouth, neck and face. The goal is to alleviate problems such as choking and coughing while improving the ability to speak clearly and safely chew and swallow.

Focus:

  • Rehabilitation of lost abilities to swallow, chew and speak
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills, assist with communication devices for the non-verbal patient
  • Assess and treat swallowing disorders
  • Arrange for home swallow evaluation
  • Patient/caregiver training and education

Porchlight VNA speech therapists will help you develop an exercise program tailored to your individual needs and teach you strategies for improved safety with swallowing and increased fluency with speech.

 

Physical Therapy

At Porchlight VNA, our Physical Therapists provide you with hands-on care to ensure that you regain your mobility and improve your strength, flexibility and balance.

Physical Therapy Focus:

  • Restorative exercises
  • Transfer training
  • Ambulation skills with progression to least restrictive device
  • Home safety and equipment assessment
  • Pain management
  • Modalities include: Ultrasound, E-stim, TENS
  • Fall Prevention Program
  • Standardized balance assessment
  • Progressive strength, endurance, flexibility and balance training with establishment of home exercise program
  • Education on how vision and medication can affect balance
  • Educate on proper footwear related to balance
  • Floor recovery
  • Orthotic/ Prosthetic fitting and training
  • Wheelchair seating and assessment
  • Patient and caregiver training

Our experienced Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) at Porchlight VNA will establish goals that you want to achieve and design a comprehensive program for you to reach those goals.

Occupational Therapy

Porchlight VNA provides Occupational Therapists to help patients who have had a decrease in independence due to illness or injury regain the ability they need to perform daily life skills.

Occupational Therapy Focus:

  • Restorative rehabilitation
  • Therapeutic exercises for the upper extremities, including fine and gross motor skills
  • Contracture management, splinting assessments, fitting and training
  • Modalities include: Ultrasound, E-Stim, TENS
  • Wheelchair assessment, positioning and fitting, from standard chairs to high-tech power chairs
  • Home safety assessments with recommendations for durable medical and adaptive equipment needs
  • Energy conservation and work simplification training
  • Fall Prevention Program
  • Standardized balance assessment
  • Progressive strength, endurance, flexibility and balance training with establishment of home exercise program
  • Education on how vision and medication can affect balance
  • Educate on proper footwear related to balance
  • Floor recovery
  • Pain and stress management
  • Educate, train and teach activities of daily living to maximize functional independence
  • Patient and caregiver training and education.

At Porchlight VNA,  our Occupational Therapists (OT’)  and Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA)  will work with you to develop a specialized plan of the goals you want to achieve. They will provide education and training for you to regain the ability to perform tasks and to live as independently as possible in the comfort of home.