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Therapy Services

Therapy Services

The therapy department at St. Luke Lutheran Community offers full services for inpatients and outpatients. The therapy department is staffed with licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and speech language pathologists. Treatment is provided to individuals requiring long term rehabilitation, acute short term stays, and outpatients.

Physical Therapy
Our physical therapists provide treatment aimed at allowing independent ambulation, restoring function following loss due to illness or injury, and promoting safety. Treatment modalities offered include:
• Ultrasound
• Cervical and pelvic traction
• Gait training
• Electrotherapy
• Therapeutic exercise equipment
• Hydrotherapy
• Hydrocollator packs
• Pain management

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is focused on maximizing independent functioning in activities of daily living (ADL), such as self-feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, hygiene, meal preparation and homemaking tasks. Occupational therapists also promote safe and functional positioning in wheelchairs, bed, and through the use of splints. Treatment may include:
• ADL training
• Adaptive equipment
• Adaptive positioning devices
• Skill development through functional activities
• Therapeutic exercise
• Safety education

Speech Therapy
Speech language pathologists assist residents in improving communication skills and in promoting safe and efficient swallowing of food, beverages, and medications. Speech therapists may address residents' needs through:
• Oral motor skills and exercises
• Speech production training
• Language ability activities
• Cognitive skills training
• Swallowing strategies
• Diet modifications

Frequently asked questions regarding Therapy

How often do I need to come to therapy?
The frequency of your sessions depends on your situation and is determined after your initial evaluation by the therapist. Skilled Medicare A patients are treated 5-7 times per week. We are open 7 days per week,362 days per year. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

How long will I receive therapy?
The length of therapy is dependent on continued improvement in therapy. The decision to discontinue therapy is made in a team meeting.

Where can I get adaptive equipment for home-going?
Equipment that is covered by Medicare or other insurances will be ordered by Social Services. Any equipment that is not covered by insurance companies can be purchased at a medical supply store or a drug store.

Can we come and watch our family member in therapy?
Yes! Please call the day before so we can arrange a convenient time for therapy.

When therapy is discontinued, can I pay privately for further therapy?
When a resident has reached his or her plateau in therapy and has reached maximal potential, he or she is discharged from therapy. Residents are then referred to restorative aids to continue with the programs they were receiving in therapy. The restorative aids have been trained in appropriate techniques to effectively care for the resident. They monitor the resident and communicate to therapy any changes which would indicate the need for further therapy.

What can I expect when I come to therapy?
St. Luke Lutheran Community provides an ideal environment for nourishing and healing your body, mind and soul. On your first visit, the Physical, Occupational, or Speech therapist will conduct an evaluation of the entire body including posture and biomechanics, range of motion, joint mobility and tissue textures to find out the cause of pain or disability. A treatment plan toward recovery and health with short and long term goals will be discussed with each client and a customized treatment plan will be devised.

What kind of education does a therapist have?
Therapists are licensed health care professionals. Prior to practicing, they must obtain a Bachelors, Masters, and/or Doctorate of Therapy from an accredited program and pass the state board exam to be licensed. They have extensive training in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, neurological sciences, disease and injury pathophysiology and skilled therapeutic treatment application. Additionally, therapists attend continuing education courses to stay abreast of the latest medical developments and treatment approaches.

What type of specialized / innovative therapy equipment does St. Luke Lutheran Community have that may not be available at other facilities?
Arjo lift walker - this is a mechanical lift walker that is used to progress from walking in the parallel bars to using a wheeled walker. It is very beneficial for residents who have weight-bearing limitations.
Moist heat
Electrical stim
Vital stim -for Speech Therapy
Exercise equipment