Geriatric physiotherapy and rehabilitation for people with dementia has been proven to decelerate the decline of physical function. 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. Our physiotherapists specialising in rehabilitation for people with dementia provide rehabilitation services 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 for people with dementia is a comprehensive treatment that supports psychophysical functional ability. It has been proven to slow down the deterioration of functional capacity, particularly for people with memory disorders. Source: Exercise May Help People With Alzheimer's Avoid Nursing Homes, Workout Helps with ADL in Alzheimer's. Fysiogeriatria has rehabilitated elderly patients, and particularly people with dementia, with good results for over two decades.
Start rehabilitation as early as possible
Rehabilitation of the patient with dementia should get started at the earliest stage as possible. As memory disorders progress, the patient’s mobility and functional capacity deteriorate significantly. When rehabilitation and monitoring is started early, the deterioration of functional capacity can be slowed down and the person’s well-being can be supported with a long-term approach.
Rehabilitation with proven results
The effectiveness of physical rehabilitation for patients with Alzheimer (AD) was shown in a research project carried out by Kela and the Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged, which studied 210 couples comprised of a person with a memory disorder and a family carer. “This is the first intervention worldwide that has been proven to reduce injuries resulting from falls among people with memory disorders. The results of the study indicate that customised physical rehabilitation carried out at home slows down the deterioration of the physical functioning capacity of a person with a memory disorder without increasing the overall costs of social and healthcare services.” (Source: kela.fi)
Rehabilitation also affects the state of mind
Physical activity improves 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 behavioural symptoms of people with memory disorders. Research indicates that physical activity improves the patient’s state of mind and self-esteem, thereby also reducing depression.
Rehabilitation is an important part of treating memory disorders. It allows people with memory disorders to live independently for longer. The rehabilitation of a person with a memory disorder also affects the well-being of his or her loved ones. In particular, rehabilitation makes life easier for family carers.