What Is Outpatient Therapy?

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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Submitted by Saxony Court Senior Living

When recovering from an illness, surgery, or injury, you may need outpatient rehabilitation. This means you will get one or more types of therapy after you leave the hospital or clinic. Your options are to either go to an outpatient rehab facility, or in some cases, treatment may take place in your place of residence. The goal of rehab is to help you heal and get back to your normal everyday activities.

Outpatient Rehabilitation After an Injury or Accident

As part of your recovery, your care may start in the hospital, but then move to outpatient therapy. Depending on your specific injury, your treatment might be given by a physical therapist. An occupational therapist may help you relearn how to return to normal activities.

Outpatient Rehab After Surgery

Outpatient rehab sometimes is needed after surgery, such as a hip or knee replacement. In this case, you will likely need a physical therapist to help you learn how to walk with your new joint. He or she can educate you on special exercises to help build muscles around those injured areas. The therapist may use equipment, such as a stationary bike, to build up your strength. He or she may also recommend other activities, such as swimming or water aerobics, after your recovery.

Outpatient Rehab After Illness

You will often need outpatient rehabilitation if you have a serious illness like cancer, a heart attack, or stroke. In these cases, your therapy will usually begin in the hospital. When you start to recover, you will likely change to a program of occupational and physical therapy. 

Some illnesses, such as stroke, may need a combination of rehab programs. For example, you may need speech therapy to help you learn to speak again. You may also need physical or occupational therapy to help you learn to walk and go about your daily living.

Challenges of Outpatient Rehabilitation

In many cases, people going through treatment have had a severe accident, sickness, or other injury that has turned their lives upside down. It can be exhausting and overwhelming to figure out how to adapt from being in the hospital to living in the real world again.

Having trusted therapists to help you through every aspect of rehab is vital. Often, you will also need one or more caregivers to help you move from inpatient to outpatient care. They will aid in your overall recovery.

Saxony Court Senior Living offers on site outpatient therapy to our long-term residents as well as our short-term transitional stays. For more information, please call (309) 694-0022 and ask us how you we can help you learn more about our outpatient therapy.

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