The goal of the Physical Therapy staff is to help each client achieve their full potential. This is accomplished by performing an evaluation, and developing goals and a treatment plan that are specific to each individual client. The emphasis is most often on restoring movement and function, and a wide variety of problems can be addressed. It has been said that the practice of Physical Therapy is as old as pain itself; and the treatment of pain is often a component of Physical Therapy treatments. The Physical Therapy staff has a wide range of treatment options available. Almost every treatment plan includes some type of exercise, and clients are given information to promote continued well-being when they are no longer being seen for Physical Therapy. People of all ages are treated by Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy is performed in a variety of settings including hospital inpatient, skilled nursing (ECF) unit, outpatient department, and in the patient's home. Sometimes an assessment of a client's work setting is advisable to determine if something there is contributing to the problems a client is experiencing.
Our hours of operation are 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with hours that vary on Saturday. Call 647-5240, ext. 2285, to arrange an appointment.
"I have been here for therapy for 2 different injuries and I have high praise for the staff. They have helped me so much. I am indeed grateful for Graham Hospital for serving the community in this way."
This form of therapy helps people to perform normal daily functions safely and as independently as possible. This may include self care activities such as bathing and dressing, preparing meals or performing work activities. Occupational therapists can teach clients how to use special equipment that makes it easier to perform some of those tasks. Training in energy conservation may be a part of the treatment. They are also skilled in making splints and making recommendations for wheelchairs. Sometimes a home assessment is performed to give suggestions to improve safety and ease of performance for daily living activities. In addition, Occupational Therapy Staff treat problems of the shoulder, arm, and hand. Treatment begins with an evaluation, development of individualized goals, and a treatment plan. Occupational Therapy is available for selected inpatients, skilled nursing (ECF) residents, and outpatients.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with hours that vary on Saturday. For an appointment, call 647-5240, ext. 2285.
The Speech Pathology department works with clients with a variety of communication and swallowing problems. There are different types of communication disorders. The client may have difficulty understanding what is said or be unable to find the words they want to say. Problems can be related to weakness that does not allow the person to make the proper sounds. Sometimes memory skills are interfering with communication.
There are a number of reasons that a person may experience swallowing difficulty. Speech therapists perform two types of swallow evaluations. Both require a detailed history from the patient or family member. Different consistencies of food and liquid are given to the patients to determine the quality of swallowing function. An x-ray procedure called a barium cookie swallow may be recommended after the initial swallowing evaluation. This allows the speech pathologist, along with a radiologist, to observe food or liquid as it is swallowed and travels to the client's stomach. Clients of all ages are served, from infants with feeding problems to geriatric age. Services are available for inpatients, skilled nursing (ECF) residents, outpatients, and Home Health clients.
Appointments can be made by calling 647-5240, ext. 2285.
Physical Therapy Director
309-647-5240 ext. 2452