Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy
As a comfort measure, New Dawn Health and Hospice offers Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy to Hospice patients in need of these services. Unlike the goals of traditional therapies, under hospice, the therapy is focused to meet one of more specific “comfort” goals. If needed, the RN Case Manager will coordinate the therapy based upon the medical director’s recommendation. While therapy may not be tolerable or beneficial to all hospice patients, it can be quite helpful for those who are appropriate to receive it.
Our Physical Therapists can:
- evaluate your ability to move safely throughout your home or care facility.
- evaluate your pain level and provide the physical therapy needed to help relieve you of pain
- work with the other New Dawn team members to provide the best pain management and therapy combination to meet your specific needs.
Being able to communicate with family toward the end of life is extremely important. At New Dawn, we look to establish the best alternative ways to do so. Our Speech Therapists can:
- work with the patient and family to provide solutions for patients who have difficulty communicating with loved ones.
- work with the patient, family to provide food and diet solutions to help maintain and possibly improve the quality of life.
At New Dawn, we encourage our patients to maintain as much independence as their safety and comfort permits. Our Occupational Therapists can
- work with the patient, family and other New Dawn Team members to assess and implement ways to maintain their independence.
Considering that daily activities for a hospice patient, such as bathing, getting dressed, feeding and other taskings can be challenging, our Occupational Therapist will seek to formulate ways to make days more comfortable while maintaining independence. In many cases, we find this helps with the patient’s outlook in maintaining a positive attitude and thereby improving the quality and comfort for remaining life.