Thoughtful and careful physical and occupational therapy can boost health and wellness.
Kim Phelps, physical therapist and owner of Therapy for Independence (T4I), shares how she provides on-site therapy for Spectrum residents to help them achieve increased independence and improved function.
Can you tell us how Spectrum helps to keep seniors active?
Therapy for Independence is an outpatient company that offers physical and occupational therapy on-site at three Spectrum communities in Colorado: HighPointe Assisted Living and Memory Care, Lakeview Senior Living and Lincoln Meadows Senior Living. Physical and occupational therapists work one-on-one with residents on their specific needs to decrease pain; increase balance, strength and endurance; and improve their independence and safety with activities.
Tell us more about the services and activities offered.
We provide physical and occupational therapy in patients’ apartments through our relationship with Bayada Home Health Care, focusing on safety and independence in their homes so that the residents do not have to travel outside of the community to receive their therapy. We educate the residents on exercise programs they can continue with when they are done with the therapy, helping them to become comfortable with the equipment available to them at the community where they live.
How vigorous are the workouts? Will it be difficult to keep up?
Each resident is evaluated and treated independently and instructed in a treatment program that is designed specifically for that person. With the great variety of equipment available at the Spectrum communities, the programs are made to be appropriate for each individual. The individual is an integral part of setting his or her own goals. The therapy provided is chosen by well-educated, certified and caring physical and occupational therapists.
What’s the best way to get started?
If someone is interested in getting assistance, they need to reach out to the therapy department in their community. The resident or a family member can call the community and ask for the physical therapy department. They can be assisted with getting the necessary doctors’ orders, insurance authorization or set up therapy privately if they want. All or most of their therapy may be paid for by insurance.
What kinds of benefits come from participating?
We see residents gain improved strength, balance and endurance with daily activities. We have residents who benefit from having decreased pain. Some residents get rid of dizziness, prevent falls and have more pleasant and active lifestyles.
Therapy for Independence and Bayada Home Health Care are independent third party providers of home health care, physical therapy and occupational therapy available for direct engagement by Spectrum residents and are not affiliated with or owned by Spectrum. All Spectrum communities offer similar services by independent providers.
By Emily O’Brien