Physical and Occupational Therapists assist patients with maximizing their
functional mobility. Following illness, injury or surgery, therapists
provide patient and family education regarding safe ways to get in and
out of bed, sit down and stand up from a chair or toilet seat, and using
a walker on both flat surfaces and steps. The therapists assess the need
for equipment (walkers, canes, reachers, etc.) to help ensure appropriate
and safe discharges.
Physical Therapists focus on assisting patients in regaining strength and mobility, and improving
walking ability while maintaining their safety and monitoring their weight-bearing
restrictions and any other limitations. They will also provide wound care
support, when appropriate.
Occupational Therapists focus on assisting patients with regard to their ability to perform their
normal activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and eating.
They will also provide patient and family education on the use of any
special adaptive equipment that can enable the patient to bathe, dress,
or eat more independently and easily.
Speech Therapists focus on assisting patients who are having difficulty communicating or
swallowing (due to a stroke, brain injury, motor vehicle accident, surgery,