Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy at the center, like every other therapeutic aspect, strives to cause each resident to fulfill his functional potential and enable him to maintain maximum independence while protecting his security and safety.

The physical therapy staff consists of a physiotherapy supervisor, a team of physiotherapists, and an assistant physiotherapist who is also responsible for maintaining the physiotherapy equipment.

The physiotherapy clinic operates six days a week, and includes a spacious, cozy, and bright hall that is equipped with all the necessary equipment to give the best physiotherapy care.

Every resident that comes to live at the center undergoes a comprehensive examination by a physiotherapist to assess their physical limitations, pain, mobility difficulties, and to assess the danger of falling. The resident’s level of independence in performing everyday physical activities, his cognitive ability, and level of cooperation are also examined.

A customized individual and group treatment plan is then determined according to each resident’s needs. Residents undergo a periodic evaluation by the physical therapy staff once every three months, and if necessary are given appropriate aids or wheelchairs.

The Importance of Physical Therapy

Any kind of activity with the residents is extremely important, especially exercise. Physiotherapy with the adult resident maintains range of movement, muscle strength, joint flexibility, and preserves a maximum level of independent functioning.

Physical therapy also improves blood flow and pulmonary ventilation, maintains reasonable physical fitness, and provides stimulation and interest through social interaction with the physical therapy staff.

The physical therapy staff conducts instruction and training for the caregivers and nurses in the different wards on techniques to use when making transitions, walking, mobility, appropriate aids, changing the position of bedridden residents, preventing falls, and so forth.

The physical therapy staff is in close and constant contact with the residents’ families, in order to provide them with the best possible quality of life. The physiotherapy staff is also engaged in various projects.

Using Cranes

Using a crane is an integral part of caring for the long term patient. The crane helps to move the resident from one place to another (from a bed to a chair, etc.) while protecting both the resident’s safety and dignity and the physical health of the caregiver.

Using a crane helps to prevent injury during the transition and prevents wrong or painful grip, a grip that is too strong, or moving the patient too quickly, which may alarm the resident. The physiotherapy staff instructs teams at the center on the importance and correct use of a crane. 

Physical Therapy Groups

In order to maximize compliance and cooperation in active physiotherapy, we also work with residents in groups. Several residents sitting in a circle in a quiet place while maintaining eye contact with each other enables cooperation that does not always exist with individual therapy.

The ability to imitate and desire to lead in a slightly competitive environment causes residents to aspire to succeed in the activity. There are currently eight physiotherapy groups at the center throughout the week.

Footwear Project

We see a significant decline in the demented patient’s balance, which could lead to a fall. Loss of balance may occur due to unsuitable footwear, and therefore the type of shoes that the resident wears is very important.

However, it is difficult to get most of the residents to a shoe store, so the physiotherapy staff at the center took it upon themselves to help with footwear. The families are invited to contact us to help them with this.