PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Our in-house Physical Therapy, or PT, focuses on mobility to improve your level of function so you can achieve the highest level of independence. Our physical therapist will develop a program with you to work on strength, endurance, agility, balance, and coordination. The areas in which the physical therapists will work with you include: walking, transfers, and bed mobility. Any special equipment needs that you would require will also be assessed. These may include identifying equipment/s that may help you move more easily.

Mobility could be hindered by pain. Our physiotherapists are able to help relieve your pain through the use of multiple pain relieving modalities while working on your mobility.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Our consulting Occupational Therapist, or OT, focuses on improving your independence, Activities of Daily Living or ADLs. The specific areas that the therapist may assist you with include: eating skills, grooming, hygiene, dressing, and bathing.
Other areas that may be addressed include functional bathroom transfers and home management skills. Any special equipment needs to assist with ADLs will be assessed by our occupational therapist. The main goal is for you to resume your meaningful activities or occupations that you do daily.

If you would require to be trained in using a wheel chair our therapist are able to train you in the necessary skills and provide you with wheel chair specifications that would meet your needs.

It is difficult to accept change more so when it comes to our health and when emotions come in the way between accepting this change and achieving a state of independence in motion it takes longer to achieve rehabilitation goals. Our therapists have the expertise in helping you deal and cope with your condition.

Vision is another area that out therapist are able to help. Our eyes act as lenses and our brain helps recognized what we see with our lenses. If you have a problem with your eyes “lenses” the optometrist or ophthalmologist help by correcting your vision through spectacles or visual aids.

But what happens when you can’t recognize what you can see clearly? If you can’t recognize a tooth brush then you won’t know what to do with it. This is known as visual perceptual impairment and our therapist are able to help train your sense of recognition.

Our therapists compliment the work of speech therapist in communication. We are able to help you if you were experiencing disorders related to cognitive- communication which means difficulty with communication skills that involve memory, attention, perception, organization, regulation, and problem solving.

Another area in which our therapists are able to assist you is with memory. Memory plays an important role in our daily lives. Through memory we know where we live, what time to take the next dose of medicine and etc. When memory is a problem we depend on another person to tell us these things – and what if we are alone at home? Our therapist are able to re-train memory so that you could be independent in your daily live.

Leisure exploration or activities performed during an individual’s free time. Our therapist’s are able assist you with engaging in previously engaged recreational activities.

SPEECH THERAPIST

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), often informally known as speech therapists, are professionals educated in the study of human communication, its development, and its disorders.

Our consulting speech therapists are able to treat individuals of all ages (from infants to the elderly) with speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.

A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds. A language disorder refers to a problem understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas.

Speech disorders include:

  • Articulation disorders: difficulties producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that listeners can't understand what's being said.
  • Fluency disorders: problems such as stuttering, in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, partial-word repetitions ("b-b-boy"), or prolonging sounds and syllables (sssssnake).
  • Resonance or voice disorders: problems with the pitch, volume, or quality of the voice that distract listeners from what's being said. These types of disorders may also cause pain or discomfort for an individual when speaking.

Language disorders can be either receptive or expressive:

  • Receptive disorders: difficulties understanding or processing language.
  • Expressive disorders: difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.

Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders

  • These are disorders in the way someone eats or drinks, including problems with chewing, swallowing, coughing, gagging, and refusing foods.
  • The signs that you may be experiencing are: “coughing during or right after eating or drinking”; “wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking”; “extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow”; “food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth”; “recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating”; “weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough” you maybe experiencing poor nutrition/dehydration or risk of aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway – which could lead to pneumonia and chronic lung disease).

Our therapists use a variety of strategies including language intervention activities and articulation therapy to help you with speech and language problems. As dysphagia is risky and requires immediate attention – our speech therapist is able to conduct an initial screening to ascertain your risk and do the needful which includes oro-motor stimulation, postural corrections or in some cases if required arrange for further assessment (modified barium swallow).