Rehabilitation services provided to patients at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital include physical therapy, speech/language pathology, and occupational therapy. The rehab team, together with patients and families, determine goals of therapy that will prepare the patient for safe transition out of the hospital.
Physical therapists provide guidance to optimize strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Those skills provide the basis for the ability to rise from a bed or chair and to move safely within the living environment. Wound management is a component of physical therapy available to inpatients and outpatients with wounds or incisions likely to heal best with ongoing assessment and care.
Occupational therapists identify deficits in ability to complete activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include eating, personal hygiene, and getting dressed, for example. Occupational therapists direct activities that either facilitate recovery from those deficits or teach modified methods of completing those tasks.
Speech Language Pathology contributes to diagnosis and treatment of problems speaking or understanding the speech of others. In addition, the speech therapist helps the medical team address problems in a patient’s ability to swallow food and fluids. A patient experiencing cognitive changes such as disorientation or difficulty reading or remembering may also benefit from the skills of a speech therapist.
The rehabilitation team at Hot Springs County Memorial hospital is pleased to promote the health and independence of community members and visitors.