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Therapy Services in Your Home

Posted August 15, 2012 in Advice Column

You have heard that physical activity and exercise is good for you. If you are already active, keep it up.

Regular exercise and physical activity are very important to physical and mental health for children and adults of all ages. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits according to the National Institute of Aging. That’s why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.

Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that can occur as we grow older. Studies have shown regular exercise may reduce the symptom of arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. It can also help reduce the feelings of depression and improve mood and overall well-being. It may even help you get a better night’s sleep.

If you have had a recent medical issue to include surgeries for a total knee replacement or hip replacement, a stroke or any other medical issue, a free in-home health assessment by a registered nurse can identify services to help you regain your strength, range of motion and mobility. Providing physical, occupational and speech therapy in the comfort of your home takes away the concern of how you will get to and from therapy appointments. Having therapy at home addresses your specific needs, giving you a sense of security and peace of mind. Following are some examples of when therapy services at home will help you get stronger and healthier.

Physical therapy can help with
•    Balance problems
•    Gait issues
•    Post joint replacements
•    Decreased range of motion
•    Post stroke
•    Pain
•    Incontinence
•    Post injuries

Occupational therapy can help with
•    Decreased strength
•    Trouble with performing personal cares
•    Lack of endurance
•    Energy conservation
•    Contractures
•    Fine motor skills
•    Post injuries

Speech therapy can help with
•    Difficulty swallowing
•    Slow or weak speech
•    Decreased vocal volume and quality
•    Issues with oral muscles and movements
•    Decreased ability to comprehend, form and speak words
•    Post stroke

Information provided by Donette Klepsteen R.N., Iowa Home Care, Fort Dodge Administrator, 515-576-2273.

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