Physical Therapy Protocol
According to the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association, “Virtual reality systems offer clinicians the control over exercise duration, intensity, and environments that real-world tasks do not”.
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke)
Hospital Post-Acute Care Program
Formulating an aggressive treatment plan that works closely with the physician, therapists, social workers, and family members that will allow for the patient to progress with ease. The plan of care is specific to the patient’s needs starting prior to discharge from the hospital and ending approximately 60 days post discharge or when patient has reached maximum health status.
Readmission Reduction Program
Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Program:
The Congestive Heart Failure program is designed to increase the patient’s knowledge regarding heart failure, thus improving their quality of life and reducing re-hospitalizations. A Registered Nurse will visit the patient at home, assess their cardiac status and a teaching program will be instituted.
Pneumonia Prevention/Treatment Program:
Currently there are more than 90 known pneumococcal types; the ten most common types account for approximately 62 percent of invasive disease worldwide. Death from pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death in America from a vaccine-preventable disease. Our Pneumonia program uses proven Breathing Therapy and Speech Therapy to reduce the incidence of pneumonia and help reduce recovery time for patients. While also reducing hospital readmissions.
ER to Home Program
Home Health can be an important tool in assisting in the care of Emergency Room patients. Many patients come into the ER ill, but may not be ill enough to meet the hospital criteria for admission. These patients may still need medical follow-up, which our company may provide at home with no out-of-pocket cost to qualified patients thus preventing any deterioration requiring hospitalization.
Parkinson’s disease can be a frustrating disorder that may unfortunately cause many of its sufferers to feel the need to alter their everyday lives in order to cope. At Qualicare Home Health we strive to help our patients understand their condition, guide them in effective ways to improve their Parkinson’s symptoms, and encourage them to remain positive and continue enjoying life. Our comprehensive program works to improve and maintain motor skill, cognitive and speech functions. In addition, we can also address the psychological effects of Parkinson’s disease and ensure that our individualized program has a more profound influence on our patients’ mental and physical needs.
Cardiac illnesses are a complex and common diagnosis for many patients that often result from structural or functional cardiac disorders that impair the ability of the heart to work effectively. The Cardiac program is designed to increase the patient’s knowledge regarding their heart condition, thus improving their quality of life and reducing re-hospitalizations. Our skilled team of clinicians will visit the patient at home, assess their cardiac status and a teaching program will be instituted which includes:
- Explanation of their illness
- Causes of the specific diagnosis
- Signs and symptoms associated with illness
- Treatment Guidelines
- Meal management
- Fluid Maintenance (if applicable)
Cerebral Palsy Program
Cerebral Palsy (CP) represents a group of disorders of variable etiology and variable clinical presentation. Efforts to characterize individuals with CP may occur for a variety of reasons: clinical description, prediction of future status, and to monitor changes in function. These methods incorporate information from several dimensions:
- Topography of the Impairment: the parts of the body that are involved (quadriplegia, hemiplegia, diplegia)
- Type of Impairment: is the body stiff (spastic – most common), loose (hypotonic) or exhibiting abnormal motor control (athetoid, ataxic, dystonic)
- Severity of Mobility Limitations: the Gross Motor Function Classification System, which ranks severity on a five-point scale by age groups, is the best way to describe severity
Our Cerebral Palsy Programs is centered around improved activity, participation and independence for the patient and the family – now and into the future. Our skilled team will work to implement interventions and therapies that are optimized by periodic reviews and continual modification that allow for constant goal setting and overall functional improvement.
Swallowing Disorders Program
Swallowing is a set of coordinated muscle movements that control the mouth, the back of the throat (pharynx) and the food tube (esophagus). Swallowing occurs without us even thinking about it, yet it is a complex and vital function; it is very important to eating and to social interaction. The term “swallowing disorders” includes a number of different conditions. If you have any unexplained pain or difficulty swallowing, see your gastroenterologist for a definitive diagnosis.
Dysphasia Treatment Program
Dysphagia or swallowing difficulty is a growing health concern in our aging population. Age-related changes in swallowing physiology as well as age-related diseases are predisposing factors for dysphagia in the elderly. In the US, dysphagia affects 300,000–600,000 persons yearly. The patient may be at risk of aspirating food or saliva into the lungs, creating a potentially life-threatening medical condition. Our Dysphagia treatment program is crucial to recovery. The treatment helps to train the patient, family, or both to implement compensatory strategies that may involve exercises to improve oral control or to improve the overall strength, coordination, and initiation of the oropharyngeal swallow. In addition, compensatory training helps to educate the patient to implement strategies for further reduction of aspiration risk. These strategies may serve as a viable option for the patient to continue feedings by mouth and as a method for improving their overall quality of life.
Aphasia Therapy Program
Aphasia is a neurological disorder that results from damage to the areas of the brain that control language functions. This condition refers to a person’s inability or significantly hindered ability to perform basic physical and mental motor skills. Our Aphasia therapy program aims to improve the patient’s ability to communicate by helping him or her to use remaining language abilities, restores language abilities as much as possible, compensate for language problems, and learn other methods of communicating. These individualized therapy methods help to focus on the specific needs of the patient, and also help their family to learn to use new communication skills.