You’ve just come back home after a couple of weeks in a rehabilitation center following major surgery. Your doctor has told you he has put in an order for home healthcare and that it includes the services of both a physical and occupational therapist. You wonder why you need both. Aren’t they the same thing?
The two disciplines work hand in hand with one another. PT’s are concerned with gross motor skill function and how to restore it, or as much of it as is possible. OT’s are focused on fine motor and cognitive skills and devices that can help create a safer physical environment for the patient.
What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
PT’s analyze and diagnose problems that limit movement or mobility. To treat an injury, they use a variety of techniques and exercises to ease the pain, boost mobility and increase muscle strength. As healing begins, they develop wellness and fitness programs that encourage a more active lifestyle, which in turn results in building muscle mass and strength, and may prevent the injury from reoccurring.
What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?
OT’s take over where physical therapy leaves off. They are the individuals who help determine what type of adaptive equipment (i.e., walkers, showers safety rails, bed rails, etc.) may be needed to make your environment safer or to help you ease back into normal functionality. They also support those with cognitive issues and memory loss by devising ways to improve short-term recall and eye-hand coordination issues, and are advisors to architects or other building professionals when adaptive construction or remodeling is necessary.
Luxe Home Healthcare Department Covers It All
Our Home Health Department brings together the therapeutic benefits of PT with the environmental and cognitive solutions of OT to create a nurturing and healing environment for Luxe clients. Together with our skilled nursing staff and medical social workers, we provide a cohesive service for your home health needs.
And because the Home Healthcare Department is part of Luxe Homecare, we can also provide in-home caregivers to help with the tasks not covered by the healthcare team, such as meal planning and preparation; assistance with toileting, grooming, dressing, and other tasks; light housekeeping; and companionship.
How Can We Help You?
Luxe Homecare’s Home Healthcare Department has built a reputation for quality care and services. We cover several Southern California communities, including Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Riverside, Long Beach and Newport Beach. To reach us, call (310) 459-3535, or email to [email protected]. It is our pleasure to serve you.