Changes in health often mean changes in abilities, daily routine and comfort level at home. People are anxious to return to the life they enjoyed before being impacted by illness, injury or surgery.
Physical, occupational and speech therapists from the Rutland Area VNA (RAVNAH) take care of people in their homes by helping them regain mobility and restore the strength and confidence they need to return to independence. Therapists work with patients to improve movement, restore skills needed for daily living and recover from deficits in speech and learning. RAVNAH therapists also treat and instruct patients and their families on home safety, balance and fall prevention.
RAVNAH provides in-home therapy services to patients following joint replacement, surgery, cardiac/pulmonary episodes and problems with decreased mobility.
Physical therapy pertains to more than just being able to sit, stand and walk on one’s own. While helping patients regain or improve their abilities to do these tasks, therapists also perform assessments and provide treatments that assist patients of all ages with mobility, strength and coordination. Our physical therapy program helps patients maximize their independence with stair climbing, negotiating environmental obstacles and the safe use of assistive devices.
The goal of occupational therapy is to provide patients the skills they need to reach their optimal levels of independence by managing the activities of daily living. Our occupational therapy program teaches patients how to safely use appropriate techniques and/or adaptive equipment to perform any number of activities, including grooming, hygiene, dressing, meal preparation, housekeeping, shopping, financial management, and medication management.
As well as assisting patients to regain the fundamentals of speaking, RAVNAH’s speech-language pathologists help patients and family members cope with speech and language disorders. Our speech therapy program helps people needing assistance with long-term and short-term memory, the ability to complete sequenced tasks, problem-solving and voice conditions. In addition, our speech therapists can evaluate patients with swallowing problems and help implement diet modifications to improve swallowing safety.
Therapists teach patients, families and caregivers the best methods of preventing falls and injuries that may result from a fall. During home visits, our healthcare professionals provide a comprehensive clinical assessment to identify risk factors. They then develop a comprehensive plan of care and set appropriate goals unique to each person. The plan of care may include an in-home exercise program to increase balance and strength, education on medication management, assistance with vision correction and recommendations to reduce home hazards. The goal is to offer a solution to reduce hospitalizations and avoid lengthy nursing home stays due to the result of falls.
For more information about rehab services in the home setting, contact RAVNAH at
775-0568 or visit our website at www.ravnah.org.