Alzheimer’s & Dementia Physical Therapy Services can have a large positive impact on your loved ones. The purpose of physical therapy for dementia care is to improve balance, strengthen muscles, improve mobility and help with pain management. Physical therapy also has the possibility of helping to prevent falls. Falls are a risk for any elderly person. But, people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia are at greater risk of falls and more prone to mobility issues as a result of weakness, gait, lack of good balance and cognitive impairment. Safe, supervised physical activity will help maintain strength, promote good balance and reduce the likelihood of a fall.
The Physical Therapist typically conducts an assessment to determine if the patient can independent walk safely, assess the risk of falling and other functional tasks requiring motor skills. The Physical Therapist can than develop a treatment program inclusive of exercise with the goal of maintaining your loved ones current abilities.
It’s important to understand that an individual does not have to remember the experience to gain the benefit. Simply participating will be enough and the individual will reap the physical awards from the routine.
Physical Therapy or rehabilitation services have many benefits to people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The service is beneficial at all stages in the disease and aids in managing day-to-day activities and helps improve the overall quality of life. Studies show that Physical Activity can improve memory and that regular exercise may even delay the decline in the ability to perform activities of daily living for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
At Lakeside Manor Physical Therapy is an extra service that we are happy to offer to all residents. If you would like to discuss a specific plan for your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing form you soon.