As people get older, various constraints to their functionality, such as the weakening of balance and the senses, and difficulties related to movement and memory, can make it more difficult to live and function independently. We provide the aged, war veterans and people with dementia with preventive physiotherapy, physiotherapy to maintain their functional ability and rehabilitative physiotherapy, as well as exercises that support their functional ability to support them in their daily life. Our rehabilitation services are based on the customer’s individual needs and wishes. The rehabilitation of your loved one can begin quickly, with or without a doctor’s referral.

 

Physiotherapy supports the good quality of life

The goal of physiotherapy for the aged is to allow them to have a good quality of life in their own living environment. Therefore, our activities are based on the customer’s individual needs and wishes, and we customize our physiotherapy and rehabilitation services according to them. This applies regardless of whether the customer lives in a private home, a residential aged care or even in a summer cottage. Our physiotherapists, massage therapists and lymphatic therapists can provide their services at our rehabilitation centers or in the customer’s own living environment, and our customers can access our services with or without a doctor’s referral.

Physiotherapy always begins with an individual assessment. If the customer has a referral from a doctor, the initial conversations and plans are based on the referral. We will then prepare a rehabilitation plan based on the customer’s individual needs and wishes. The plan will be implemented and monitored throughout treatment. Our skillful physiotherapists offer a diverse range of opportunities for physical exercise that can improve muscular strength and mobility, balance, and walking. Physiotherapy also includes various treatments to reduce pain.

 

Rehabilitation plays an important part in treating memory disorders

Customized geriatric physiotherapy and rehabilitation for people with memory disorder has been proven to slow down the deterioration of mobility and functional capacity. The best results are achieved, when rehabilitation takes place in an environment that is familiar to the customer, such as a home or a nursing home, and when it is started at the earliest stage possible. When rehabilitation and monitoring is started early, the person’s well being can be supported with a long-term approach.

Physical activity included in the rehabilitation improves blood circulation, which means improved delivery of oxygen to the brain. Physical activity has been proven to have a positive effect on the functioning, cognition and behavioral symptoms of people with memory disorders. In addition, research indicates that physical activity improves the patient’s state of mind and self-esteem, thereby also reducing depression. In rehabilitation, the physiotherapist acts as a coach and, particularly with patients with memory disorders, as an activator and supporter in performing exercises.

Hence, rehabilitation is an important part of treating memory disorders. It allows people with memory disorders to live independently for longer, and affects the well being of his or her loved ones. In particular, rehabilitation makes life easier for family caregivers.

Sources:

Healthday (2013): Exercise May Help People With Alzheimer's Avoid Nursing Homes, Workout Helps with ADL in Alzheimer's 

Pitkälä, K; Savikko, N; Pöysti, M; Laakkonen, M-L; Kautiainen, H; Strandberg, T; Tilvis, R (2013): Muistisairaiden liikunnallisen kuntoutuksen vaikuttavuus. Satunnaistettu vertailutukimus