Crews News | May 2024

May 1, 2024 | Russell Crews, President & CEO

Russell Crews

by Russell Crews, President and Chief Executive Officer

As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, CC Young offers a number of different therapeutic services along with a well-appointed therapy suite on Vista 2 and two smaller therapy gyms on Vista 7 and 8. Our short-term residents are well acquainted with our offerings simply because they are often here due to a mishap or hospitalization which requires doctor-ordered therapies to promote healing. For our non-health center residents, information about our therapeutic services may be of interest to many. I will make you aware of each of these modalities more in the coming months, but here are the basics.

Physical Therapy requires a doctor’s order and is for patients with pain and/or movement dysfunction resulting from disability or disease. Through proper evaluation and treatment, physical therapy can minimize pain and disability and maximize functional potential. Physical therapy adds to a patient’s strength, mobility and overall fitness. Therapy goals include decreasing joint pain, improving mobility, strength, endurance, balance and range of motion, and also providing patient and family education. Some of the most frequent diagnoses addressed in PT are hip fractures, back and neck injuries, amputations, joint replacements, chronic pain, stroke, cardiopulmonary dysfunction, post-surgical conditions, neurological disorders and wound care.

Occupational Therapy, on the other hand, helps people with disabilities to return to their lives through the use of therapeutic methods, applied and assistive technology, and environmental modifications. Occupational therapy shortens recovery time, improves function and helps people become more self-sufficient. The OT assessment and intervention reduces the risk of a fall in older adults. Occupational therapy also retrains patients in the activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and feeding. Diagnoses in this modality include, but are not limited to injuries (brain, spinal cord, back), neurological disorders (multiple sclerosis, Guillian Barre’), Stroke, Sensory disorders (chronic pain, sensory loss), and Orthopedic conditions such as hip fractures.

Speech-Language Pathology offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment for individuals who have developed speech, swallowing, or cognitive problems following an injury or illness. Individualized treatment programs are developed for each patient based on his or her diagnosis and needs. Therapists facilitate functional communication skills along with safe oral feeding and swallowing. They also educate patients and families on strategies to compensate for the deficiencies and they provide home programs and exercises so the patients can practice away from the therapist. The diagnoses that may be seen by speech therapists include, but are not limited to stroke, Parkinsons’s and other neurological disorders, Anoxia, Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Outpatient Physical Therapy and Aquatic Therapy are new to CC Young since the opening of The Vista.Our new building has received multiple awards for design, most specifically with regard to post-acute care. The Therapy Suite on Vista 2 was purposely designed with innovations to improve the patient and staff experience. Features include an indoor walking loop encircling a training kitchen, car, bathroom and stairs. There are separate, private spaces for particular therapies such as physical and speech therapy. Aquatic therapy offers separate and private training rooms versus locker rooms and communal changing rooms. The aquatic therapy area and indoor pool is specifically designed with a resistance walking loop, a deep water well, built-in benches and rest areas, and lifts that allow access from anywhere on the pool deck. The floor gradation from shallow to deep allows patients to find the right depth for walking the length of the pool.

The details above are provided to give you an overview of CC Young’s robust therapy department. Look for more information in the coming months.

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