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Rehabilitation Therapies

Rehab servicesWhen you’re recovering from joint replacement surgery or after a stroke, or if you’re living with a chronic condition that makes it difficult to walk or dress yourself, you’ll need help to regain strength, coordination, and balance. The best place to do this is where you feel most comfortable, and that’s why rehabilitation therapists from VNSNY come to your home.

Our highly-trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists combine the latest medical knowledge and the most up-to-date technologies with best-practice techniques and hands-on care to make sure you receive the exact treatment you need. Your therapist will work with you to develop goals for your recovery, and will work with your doctor and your VNSNY nurse to create a plan of care that helps you develop the skills and confidence you need to regain independence.

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Physical Therapy

If your doctor has ordered rehab therapy, your VNSNY physical therapist will work with you as you recover from surgery, injury, or hospitalization, so that you can become self-sufficient and return to everyday life.

Your physical therapist will:

  • Assess your home for safety
  • Determine whether you would benefit from a cane or walker, and make sure you know how to use it safely and effectively
  • Suggest ways you can conserve energy and limit strain on joints and muscles
  • Make sure you can get in and out of bed or a chair safely
  • Instruct you in proper gait to navigate stairs or curbs
  • Create exercise programs for strengthening, improving balance and coordination, and increased activity
  • Screen for falls risks
  • Educate caregivers

VNSNY also offers a rehabilitation program for post-hospitalization joint replacement patients to recover safely at home instead of at a sub-acute nursing facility.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can help you regain the ability to perform everyday activities, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and writing or enjoying a favorite hobby. VNSNY occupational therapists visit you at home to help you to:

  • Adapt your day-to-day routine to meet your abilities after an injury or stroke
  • Improve your fine motor, visual, cognitive, and perceptual skills so that buttoning a shirt, putting on shoes, cutting food, brushing your teeth, or writing your name becomes easier
  • Learn how to use specially designed equipment or come up with strategies that will help you complete basic tasks safely
  • Recover more quickly through exercises, wheelchair seating and positioning programs, and modifications to your home

Occupational therapy is beneficial after a physical injury or stroke, or for people with brain cancer, neurological conditions, diabetes, arthritis, or other serious long-term illness.

Speech Therapy

If you or a loved one have suffered a stroke, brain injury, or an illness that affects the muscles that control swallowing, your doctor may prescribe speech therapy. Speech therapy (sometimes called speech-language pathology) can benefit patients of all ages, and it involves much more than relearning how to speak or improving your ability to form words and sounds. Your VNSNY speech-language pathologist can help you to:

  • Regain and adapt to day-to-day activities
  • Strengthen the muscles of your mouth, neck, and face to avoid problems like choking or coughing and to produce clearer speech
  • Design and teach personalized swallowing programs
  • Instruct you on voice retraining
  • Find other ways to communicate after a stroke, including gestures and facial expressions
  • Use strategies to reduce frustration when communicating is difficult or problematic
  • Understand and process what people say to you
  • Read, write, perform calculations, and remember things

Speech-language pathology services are beneficial to patients with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, head or brain injury, head and neck cancer, stroke, and serious long-term illness.


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