Regaining Independence: A Day in a Senior Rehabilitation Center

Posted on October 26, 2017 | This post was written by The Woodleigh

When caring for older loved ones, there’s a lot of coming and going. Between doctor appointments, trips to the store, visits with friends, and even school or work reunions, our elder family members typically have more active lives than we do! When you bring your loved one to each of these places, you have a good idea of what goes on. You know how long the visit to the eye doctor will be, which friends will attend Card Club, and just what’s needed at the supermarket.

But when bringing a loved one to a community like The Woodleigh of Baton Rouge, many folks find themselves curious about what life will look like during the coming days or weeks. It’s natural to have those curiosities. Often times, your loved one has become such an active fixture in your everyday life, and you in theirs, that you wonder how they’ll react to the change in schedule and environment, and what will fill their time. As care providers for your loved ones, we know the incredible amount of trust you’re placing in us. That’s why we’d like to give you an idea of how your loved one will spend their time in our community.

Pursuing Independence

While you may not have an issue caring for your loved one’s needs, many forget that it’s never easy for someone to lose some of their autonomy after an injury or setback. We aim to help all of our residents regain that autonomy, and the sense of well-being that comes with it.

Throughout their time with us, residents stay in their own personal living space, in order to keep as close to a feeling of home as possible. The day begins with staff going around to check on every resident and assisting them with their morning routine if they choose. The staff will provide any needed assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, and other personal care needs.

After the getting ready for the day residents can socialize in the main lunch area while they enjoy their meal. Thanks to a skilled staff, patients can trust that their specific dietary needs will be accommodated and meals are well balanced.

Many residents benefit from a variety of therapies while working towards more independence. Skilled nursing facilities are typically equipped with a wide variety of therapy equipment, and a skilled team of practitioners. Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and respiratory therapy services are provided.

Scheduled activities and excursions follow for patients who would like to participate are also included in the day.

Strong Mind, Strong Body

Mental stimulation and socialization are just as important to recovery as physical exercises. Activities help patients keep a smile on their face and form new friendships with other residents. The conversations started during the day can continue into the evening hours between dinner and bedtime. Visits from family and friends play an integral role as well, keeping spirits high too.