At Broad Creek Manor Assisted Living, we provide physician-prescribed rehabilitation services including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Rehab services costs are billed through Medicare and are a separate charge from your assisted living monthly bill.
Our owner is a licensed occupational therapist who trains our staff on maintaining and increasing residents’ overall functional ability. Your loved one’s doctor may prescribe rehabilitation services after an injury, after surgery, or after an illness or major medical event such as a heart attack or stroke.
Each resident has an individual care plan detailing what prescribed rehabilitation services they are to receive, with a specific time schedule – daily, weekly, twice a week, etc. We work with your loved one in one-on-one therapy sessions and keep track of their progress. Each session builds on the last.
Rehab services are generally prescribed for a limited number of sessions or a number of weeks. We follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter.
Rehabilitation services in assisted living are focused on improving strength, daily function, and the ability to communicate. Let’s take a look at some of the specifics.
Physical therapy (PT) is probably the best-known of the rehabilitative services. PT can help restore balance, muscle strength, and mobility, increase flexibility, and reduce pain. PT may be prescribed after an injury, fall, illness, or surgery. It focuses on exercises tailored to the individual and their needs.
If your loved one was in the hospital, they may be discharged to a rehab center or discharged directly to assisted living, depending on their circumstances. Our goal is to help them recover as much function as possible.
Although many people use the terms physical therapy and occupational therapy (OT) interchangeably, they are not the same. While PT focuses on major muscle groups, balance, mobility, flexibility, and strength, OT focuses on regaining range of motion and fine motor skills.
OT can help a senior be able to play cards again, knit again, button buttons again, or even play an instrument. The specific exercises will be prescribed by your loved one’s doctor.
Speech therapy uses spoken, written, computer, and musculature exercises to help seniors with speaking and swallowing difficulties. Some seniors may have problems with speaking clearly and swallowing easily after a stroke, brain damage, or other illnesses.
Sometimes speech therapy can help restore a person’s speaking ability. A speech therapist may also help a resident learn and utilize other methods of communication, such as sign language, writing notes, or giving nonverbal cues. We will keep family members updated on any progress and new ways of communicating.
In addition, even for those residents who do not have a prescription for rehabilitation services, BCM staff keep overall functional ability in mind. For instance, we take the extra time to encourage residents to walk rather than use wheelchairs for mobility. While this may take increased time, we realize that the benefits of maintaining the ability to walk helps our residents with all aspects of their daily living.
We also incorporate movement and speech or singing into many of our assisted living activities.
If you are considering assisted living facilities for your loved one and want more information about Broad Creek Manor or our rehab services, please call us at 410-459-9959, email us, or fill out the contact form to get more information or to schedule a visit.
We’re convenient to Harford County, Cecil County, and Baltimore County in Maryland, as well as York and Lancaster counties in Pennsylvania.