Physical Therapy Benefits for Alzheimer's Patients

September 15, 2023
September, renowned as World Alzheimer's Month, is a time to bring awareness to a disease that affects millions worldwide. Alzheimer’s is not just a condition that affects memory; it has a ripple effect that encompasses a patient’s life. At BrightStar® Home Care Edmond / Oklahoma City, we understand this profound impact and are dedicated to ensuring that Alzheimer's patients receive comprehensive care tailored to their needs.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy, often referred to as PT, is a specialized domain within the healthcare sector that focuses on enhancing a patient's movement, reducing pain, and restoring physical function. This therapeutic practice uses various techniques, including exercises, manual therapy, education, and strategies tailored to individual patient needs. The primary objective of PT is to empower patients to maintain or return to their maximum functional capability.

Integration of Physical Therapy in Alzheimer's Care

The integration of physical therapy into Alzheimer’s care is a holistic approach, prioritizing both the cognitive and physical well-being of the patient. Since Alzheimer's patients often experience declining physical abilities alongside cognitive functions, physical therapy becomes essential to their comprehensive care plan. Therapists work closely with the healthcare team, caregivers, and the patient's family to develop tailored exercises and activities to enhance mobility, balance, and overall physical health.

Benefits of Physical Therapy in Alzheimer's Care

  • Reduction of Fall Risks: One of the most prominent issues Alzheimer's patients face is the increased risk of falls. Physical therapy focuses on improving balance and strengthening muscles, substantially reducing the chances of accidents.
  • Cognitive Stimulation: Physical exercises and activities can also act as mental stimulants. These exercises can help improve focus, attention, and even memory in some cases.
  • Enhanced Daily Living Activities: Through regular sessions, Alzheimer's patients can perform daily tasks such as walking, eating, or getting dressed, promoting independence.
  • Mood Regulation: Physical activity releases endorphins – the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators. Regular participation in PT can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are common in Alzheimer’s patients.
  • Improved Sleep Patterns: Physical activity can lead to better sleep quality. Given that many Alzheimer's patients struggle with sleep disorders, a consistent physical therapy regimen can foster a healthier sleep cycle.

Why Choose BrightStar® Home Care Edmond / Oklahoma City for Alzheimer’s Care?

  • A Team of Dedicated Professionals: Our team comprises Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who strive to ensure that your loved one receives the best in-home skilled nursing care. This encompasses a range of services, including physical therapy, to provide a holistic approach to care.
  • Nurse-Led, Individualized Care Plans: Every patient and their needs are unique. Our local Director of Nursing, an expert Registered Nurse (RN), evaluates your loved one to formulate a plan tailored to their specific requirements. Our ultimate objective? To ensure that your loved one can live with dignity, maintain cherished connections, and enjoy optimal health and emotional well-being in the comfort of their home.

  • Specially Trained Staff for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care: Our dementia care staff undergoes rigorous training and background checks. They follow our proprietary, science-backed Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Path, ensuring they manage dementia-specific behaviors. Their expertise, coupled with their innate compassion, ensures your loved one is in the best hands.
  • Transparent Communication and Support: We prioritize transparent communication at BrightStar Home Care of Edmond / Oklahoma City. Our 24/7/30 touchpoints guarantee that families, healthcare providers, and clients remain informed and involved in the care process.
  • Adaptable Care as Needs Evolve: Alzheimer’s affects every individual differently. As the disease progresses, the care requirements can change. Our nurse-led care plans ensure that as these needs evolve, our care strategies adapt, offering the best support at every stage.
  • Our Commitment to You: We understand the challenges Alzheimer’s presents to patients and their families. Our commitment is to provide care that allows you to cherish quality moments with your loved ones, knowing they’re in safe and expert hands.

In conclusion, Alzheimer’s is a challenging journey, but patients can lead a life of dignity, purpose, and happiness with the proper support. As we observe World Alzheimer's Month, let’s acknowledge the unparalleled benefits of physical therapy for Alzheimer's patients and the impeccable care services provided by institutions like BrightStar® Home Care Edmond / Oklahoma City.

Contact BrightStar Care of Oklahoma! 

Looking into caregiving services may be overwhelming, but with BrightStar Care Oklahoma, we make the process much easier for you. We are confident that our team of professionals will assist you in looking for the right caregiver to take care of your loved one by keeping you in the loop and more. Contact us today to learn more about caregiving services! Our office is located at 3000 United Founders Blvd Suite 103G Oklahoma City, OK, 73112. You may also call us at 405-896-9600 We look forward to hearing from you!